The Losers
The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Sylvain White, director of the big screen adaptation of The Losers. The article comes with a new promo photo, which kinda recreates the drawn teaser poster for The Losers, which was revealed at Comic Con. Check out the full photo, after the jump. If you haven’t yet seen the movie trailer that hit the web on Friday, click here.

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Death at a Funeral

Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Chris Rock-produced re-imagining of Frank Oz‘s 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral. Although Oz’s original was well-received by many critics, it didn’t get very much traction with theatergoers, drawing only a niche audience. The new film has a primarily African-American cast and focuses on a funeral that “devolves into a debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and family secrets.” Basically, they have decided to remake an English-language film, dumbing down the jokes, in an effort to attract a more black audience (and to clarify: this comment is a statement on Hollywood chooses to treat ticket-buying African-Americans, and not a statement on the intelligence of that audience). It seems completely unnecessary. If you think that sounds horrible, watch the trailer — it’s much worse.

The remake was directed by Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace), was written by Dean Craig (Caffeine), and stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Zoe Saldana, and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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First Official Photos: The Losers

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Warner Bros has released the first official photos from Sylvain White‘s big screen adaptation of the Vertigo label comic book The Losers, thanks to Omelete.

Originally published as a war comic feature set during World War II, The Losers was later re-imagined set against the events surrounding the war on terror. The Vertigo imprint version ran for 32 issues from 2003 to 2006. The Losers tells the story of a former Special Forces team who were betrayed by their handler Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. The team were forced to regroup and enter on a mission of revenge against Max, who has been using the CIA for his own interests.

More photos after the jump.

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Armored Movie Trailer 2

Armored

Screen Gems has released a second trailer for the action-thriller Armored. This film looks like one of those middle of the road action movies you don’t hear about before or after it hits theaters – it just seems to float in and out of existence. But since director Nimrod Antal is signed up to direct Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox, everyone is taking a bit more notice.

The film tells the story of “a crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.” Starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich, Amaury Nolasco, Andre Jamal Kinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Armored Movie Trailer

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Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Nimrod Antal‘s heist thriller Armored. To be completely honest with you, I haven’t really heard much about this film before the trailer was just released on Apple. And for good reason, this film looks like one of those middle of the road action movies you don’t hear about before or after it hits theaters – it just seems to float in and out of existence.

The movie tells the story of “a crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company.  Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none.  But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.”

The film stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich, Amaury Nolasco, Andre Jamal Kinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Back in August it was reported that Shane Black had handed in a detailed treatment to Joel Silver for a Lethal Weapon 5, which he hopes to direct. When Black signed on to helm Cold Warrior for Universal, we assumed that the project fell into development hell. Not so, turned out that the sequel was just waiting on Mel Gibson‘s approval.

Now IGN has talked with Columbus Short, who was at one point rumored to be involved with the project. Short not only confirmed that is he up for a role, but claims the film is being fast tracked into production by Warner Bros. No word on if Gibson has seen Black’s treatment or given his thumbs up to go ahead, but it certainly sounds like it. Rumor has it that Short would play Murtaugh’s son.

The Die Hard series may have overshadowed the Lethal Weapon franchise for some filmgoers, but the original Donner films still stand up to the test of time. And with Black back for a new take on the series, which will supposedly involve the addition/introduction of a new generation of cops and Riggs and Murtaugh coming out of retirement for one last case, I can’t see what’s not to be excited about.

There are a lot of casting updates tonight, however, very few of them could be considered interesting. But as of 11:30pm on the West Coast, the news forecast for Monday is looking slow… So we’re going to run with it.

Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Carpenter
and Columbus Short have joined Johnathon Schaech and Steve Harris in Screen Gems’ remake of remake of the Spanish horror movie Rec. John Erick Dowdle’s Quarantined follows a reporter and her cameraman who are among those trapped inside a downtown Los Angeles apartment building where a deadly strain of rabies has broken out. Sounds interesting, but Screen Gems has a long record of horrible films (which I find ironic because the company is named “Screen Gems”). [thr]

Helen McCrory, who was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in the last Harry Potter movie (she had to bow out due to a pregnancy), is now set to play Narcissa Malfoy, sister of Bellatrix Lesrange, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. [bbc]

Matt Gerald (S.W.A.T, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) has been cast as the lead villain in James Cameron‘s 3D sci-fi epic action film Avatar. Gerald will begin filming this month in New Zealand and Los Angeles. [variety]

Rapper turned actor Xzibit (Gridiron Gang, Derailed) joins Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson in Oliver Stone‘s Pinkville, about the 1968 My Lai Massacre, in which more than 500 people were killed by U.S. soldiers. Xzibit will play one of the soldiers. Mikko Alanne wrote the script. Production is set to begin next year. [THR]

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