Frank Grillo Joins ‘The Raid’ Remake

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Late last month, we got a peek at Patrick Hughescasting wish list for The Raid remake. These wish lists don’t always pan out — that’s why they’re called wish lists, not confirmed cast lists — but in Hughes’ case, it seems at least one of his wishes has come true.

In a recent interview, Frank Grillo confirmed that he will star in the Hughes’ remake of The Raid. Now it just remains to be seen whether Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, and Ethan Hawke will follow suit. Hit the jump to read Grillo’s comments on his own casting.

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Paramount is ramping up the marketing campaign for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which is due in theaters on August 8th, 2014. New stylish comic book inspired art posters have been spotted in city streets. Check out the new Ninja Turtles street art movie posters after the jump.

UPDATE: We’ve updated with the individual, high-res images.

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Leprechaun Origins Trailer

Growing up, few characters scared me from the video box alone more than the Leprechaun. Much like Chucky, there was something terrifying about seeing such a familiar, even lovable icon twisted into a new, frightening form. After a bunch of sequels though, the Leprechaun of my youth became a joke. As horror icons often do.

Enter WWE Studios, which has co-produced a remake with Lionsgate that they surely hope will terrify kids in much the same way as the original film. It’s called Leprechaun: Origins, directed by Zach Lipovsky and written by Harris Wilkinson. WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl plays the lead character, who terrorizes two American couples on vacation in Ireland.

Leprechaun: Origins opens hits VOD on August 26, followed by a Blu-ray release on September 30. Check out the first Leprechaun Origins trailer below. Read More »

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Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington are hitting a groove. Fuqua directed Washington to an Oscar in Training Day. Their latest team-up, The Equalizer, is gaining so much buzz work has already begun on a sequel. Now the actor is in early talks to join the director in a remake of the classic John Sturges film The Magnificent Seven.

The remake has been in the works for some time, and Fuqua was recently approached to direct it based on a script by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. But if Washington come on board, this film officially hits the fast track. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast 3D

Two days after Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent was a global smash hit, they’ve announced yet another live-action fairy tale. Bill Condon, the director of Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, has just signed to direct a live-action film version of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is the latest in a long string of well-known Disney films getting the live-action treatment. Besides Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella is coming out next year, Alice: Through the Looking Glass the year after that, The Jungle Book is in the works and a few others. Below, read more about the live action Beauty and the Beast. Read More »

Terminator

With a new Terminator movie currently in production, the filmmakers certainly looked back and what worked, and what didn’t, in the franchise. The good stuff can largely be attributed to one man, James Cameron, the original creator, co-writer and director of the first two films. Everything since then? Not so much.

However, Cameron doesn’t have any stake in the new Terminator movies because he sold the rights several decades ago in order to get the first movie made. That ended up being a blessing and curse for the director. It got the film made and kickstarted his hugely successful career, but he left lots of money on the table because he didn’t have any legal ownership.

At a recent Q&A at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron talked about that balance. He also said David Ellison, who currently controls the rights and is producing the new film with Paramount, had some conversations with him about the new movies. Cameron calls himself “loosely attached” though he won’t get credit and says his biggest contribution is the focus on Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s character. There was also a point several years ago where Cameron could have bought the rights back, and didn’t.

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The Man Who Sued God remake

Larry Charles (Curb Your EnthusiasmSeinfeld, Borat) has been hired to write a remake of The Man Who Sued God, the 2001 Australian film that was a tidy hit in its home country when released almost fifteen years ago.

And while the decision hasn’t been made yet, Charles could end up directing as well, making it his follow-up to the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator. (He’s also done some television in the interim.) The original film starred Billy Connolly and Judy Davis in a story about a man whose fishing boat is destroyed by lightning. Angry at his insurance company’s refusal to cover his claim, which the company labels an “act of God,” the man files suit against the Creator himself.

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New Screenwriter Scales ‘Cliffhanger’ Remake

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A “re-imagining” of Renny Harlin’s 1993 film Cliffhanger is in the works from producer Neal Moritz, and a new screenwriter has been hired to push the development forward. Joe Gazzam was given the nod to write the screenplay based on his new pitched take.  Read More »

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