morgan freeman

“Action star” probably isn’t the first thing you think of when Judah Ben-Hur’s name comes to mind. He doesn’t believe in killing. Compassion is Ben-Hur’s true weapon, and that’s why he’s such a heroic character, especially in William Wyler‘s 1959 film.

A few weeks ago we got our first look at the upcoming reimagining of the film, which is directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). And although the trailer has plenty of excitement, according to the director, this version will not turn Judah Ben-Hur into a more modern action hero.

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the jungle book clip

Last year, Disney really got their whole reimagining game down. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were box office hits, neither quite captured the spirit or the appeal of the original animated films. Kenneth Branagh, however, accomplished just that recently with his lovely Cinderella remake. Next at bat to reimagine another Disney classic is director Jon Favreau.

Following up his charming drama Chef, Favreau returns to big studio filmmaking with The Jungle Book. Watch a clip from the film below.

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Jacob's Ladder remake

Jacob’s Ladder recently turned 25 years old. Adrian Lyne‘s (Unfaithful) thriller didn’t perform spectacularly at the box office, but like some of the director’s other films, it’s aged considerably well. Back in 2013, we heard about a Jacob’s Ladder remake, which is finally moving forward with Michael Ealy (Almost Human) in the lead role.

Learn more about the project below.

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westworld premiere

HBO’s Westworld hasn’t had an easy go of it. The sci-fi Western halted production in January, and word was the series premiere could be pushed back all the way to 2017 — after originally being slated for 2015. Sure, none of this is to say Westworld won’t be great when it finally premieres. But it’s hard not to see such delays as cause for concern, especially given the network’s recent struggles with projects like David Fincher’s Videosynchrazy.

Executive producer J.J. Abrams, however, suggests there’s no need to worry about Westworld just yet. It’s “never a bad move,” he says, to give a project the time needs. And while we’ve got a while to go before we actually get to see how Westworld turned out, Abrams did offer SXSW a little peek in the form of a new trailer.   Read More »

the crow

Relativity’s remake of The Crow cannot catch a freakin’ break. Director Corin Hardy has just been removed from the project, after initially signing on back in 2014. His name is just the latest on a growing list of stars and filmmakers who’ve parted ways with the project over the years. The news comes amid still more drama at Relativity, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Read More »

c run

Probably not too many people consider the idea of remaking The Cannonball Run to be sacrilegious. It’s not exactly the most beloved comedy, and it led to two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed Zone, which few people saw. The original film, starring Burt Reynolds and plenty of familiar faces, was a huge hit, though, so it was only a matter of time until we caught wind of a remake.

Learn more about this “relaunch” below.

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ben hur remake

Jack Huston has been on a star on the rise for the past few years now. After Boardwalk Empire and his strong supporting performances in Not Fade Away and Kill Your Darlings, he seemed destined to one day headline a big studio picture. A year and a half ago the actor landed the lead role in Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of Ben-Hur, and this could be his big break.

With Bekmambetov’s film opening this summer, we now have our first look at Ben-Hur.

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Lethal Weapon TV Series

The Lethal Weapon franchise will live on, except not to the big screen. While some fans would probably prefer to see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return their old roles, that’s not happening. There had been talks of another sequel or a possible remake, but the franchise is instead heading to Fox. Damon Wayans Sr. was recently cast in the pilot Fox ordered last fall. As for Martin Riggs, Clayne Crawford (Rectify) will star in Gibson’s old role.

Learn more about the Lethal Weapon TV series below.

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Ghostbusters Trailer Reaction

Even though the international Ghostbusters trailer that hit the web this week was much better than the initial teaser trailer that debuted the previous week, some hopeful fans still have a bad taste in their mouth. As someone who is still hoping for the best from director Paul Feig, even though I firmly think this should be more of a sequel than a hard reboot, I can’t deny that the first trailer was pretty poorly cut. And it seems filmmaker Kevin Smith think so too.

While speaking on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast with fellow co-host and occasional actor Ralph Garmin, Smith had some harsh words for the Ghostbusters trailer. However, he was very specific in his comments by criticizing the trailer rather than denouncing the movie itself. Find out about Kevin Smith’s Ghostbusters trailer reaction after the jump. Read More »