Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson continues to evolve as a potential, if highly unlikely leading man. He’s doing this in part by continuing a partnership with Bruce Willis, with whom he’s producing the film Catch .44. And now Mr. Willis and Paul Walker are in talks to join 50 Cent in the heist action film Set Up, which is being shopped to foreign distributors. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: 13, the American 13 Tzameti Remake

A Russian movie trailer has been released online for 13, the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti. The film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and “finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence,” and a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything. Writer/director Géla Babluani has returned to helm the remake, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Farrelly Brothers start shooting their new film Hall Pass in Atlanta this week, and the cast just got an injection of additional talent. Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove will join Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Jason Sudeikis in the film about two husbands (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are given a free pass to have extra-marital adventures for a week. Still don’t get why the title ‘Hall Pass’ applies, but no matter; Merchant and Smoove are great additions. [THR]

After the break, three actors join the indie thriller Retreat, and 50 Cent gets serious. Read More »

Sundance Video Blog Review: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Earlier today I saw a screening of Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. Twelve takes place in a similar world as Gossip Girl, focusing mostly on super rich upper east side New Yorkers.

A new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001′s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”

While most people like to give Schumacher shit for his Batman films, many forget his better films, like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and Phone Booth. Is Twelve a return to form? Or just a disaster? Watch the video blog review I recorded with Frosty from Collider, embedded after the jump.

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Sundance Photo Preview: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

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As Sundance Twentyten approaches, we’ll be posting mini-previews with photos from some of the films we’re looking forward to over the next month and a half. Last week we posted the first photos from Hesher, I Love Sarah Jane director Spencer Susser’s Feature Debut. Today I bring you the first photos from Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which is screening as the Closing Night Film in the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section.

From a filmmaker who has given us such diverse films as The Lost Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and 8mm comes a new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001′s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. The film stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, and Zoë Kravitz. Five photos after the jump.

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Another Jekyll and Hyde Movie Gets Greenlit?!

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Last week it was announced that Keanu Reeves would star in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Jekyll, the Justin Haythe-scripted modern day retelling of The Strange Case of Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Universal Pictures. Apparently there is another Jekyll and Hyde movie in development. King of New York/Bad Lutenant director Abel Ferrara is moving forward with his contemporary reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 classic novella.

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AICN has a bit of bad news. Apparently, Forest Whitaker has dropped out of Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables due to a scheduling conflict, and has been replaced with… 50 Cent?! I mean, there had to be some better choices, right? Replacing an Academy Award-winning actor with the guy best known for Get Rich or Die Tryin’ doesn’t seem like a lateral move to me.

50 Cent will now play Agent Will Sands, a CIA liaison for “a group of mercenaries who are clandestinely sent to South America to overthrow a dictator.” The film already has an all-star action-film line-up: Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and UFC star Randy Couture.

What if I told you that Mickey Rourke would be teaming up with Jason Statham for a crime thriller? Sounds like a great idea, right?

What if I told you that the movie in question is the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti? Sounds even better…

Now yould your excitement be squashed if I told you that Rourke and Statham will be joined by rapper turned actor 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)? Argggggg….

13 will begin shooting on November 17th in and around New York City. You can read the plot synopsis for the original Gela Babluani film below:

Twenty-two-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family constantly struggling to support them. While repairing the roof of a neighbor’s house, he overhears a conversation about an expected package that promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sebastien intercepts the package containing a series of specific instructions. Following the clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the enclosing police as he ventures deeper and deeper into the countryside. The closer he gets to his destination and the more people he meets along the way, the less he understands about what he is looking for. Ultimately, he comes face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers placing bets on the outcome of a multi-player, high stakes tournament of Russian roulette. Gela Babluani’s directorial debut is a winner-take-all thriller, where an unfortunate young man is transformed into the thirteenth contestant in an incredibly inhuman game. 13 TZAMETI won the 2005 Venice Festival’s Best First Feature Film prize and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2006 Sundance Festival.

source: Variety

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