After getting brutally knocked out by DreamWorks, Southpaw is making a comeback. The boxing drama, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Eminem, was dropped by DreamWorks in August and has since been aggressively pitched to other studios. MGM has finally agreed to produce the movie with Sony set to distribute and production will likely begin next year.

Southpaw, written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, centers on a left-handed boxer and his rise towards a championship in the midst of personal tragedy. It’s said to mirror many of the true life trials of Eminem’s life, much in the way the rapper’s last film, 8 Mile, was a fictionalized story with real life inspiration. Read More »

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Eminem‘s planned return to screen acting just took one on the jaw. Southpaw, a story scripted by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) that would star the rapper as a lefty boxer whose life and career fall prey to tragedy, was picked up as a pitch by Dreamworks last year. But the studio today cut the project loose. Sutter and attached director Antoine Fuqua (himself a one-time Golden Gloves fighter) are free to take it elsewhere. Read More »

Very recently, it looked like Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was going to direct the Tupac Shakur biopic that has been in development for some time. And while that might still happen — things have gone a bit quiet on that front, despite a promised spring/summer start date — now there is a report that positions Antoine Fuqua as a more immediate possibility for another film. That is Southpaw, the boxing picture that is set to star Eminem. Read More »

Eminem, fresh from having his album Recovery certified as the biggest-selling record of 2010, is making another move towards getting back on the big screen. Last year he was in talks for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360, about which we otherwise haven’t heard much in a while, and he was also attached to the Kurt Sutter pitch Southpaw, which was picked up by DreamWorks.

And now Marshall Mathers is almost set to appear in Random Acts of Violence, a film set up  at Fox. The trivia hook isn’t just Eminem’s appearance, but that the script was originally set up as a knock-off of Grand Theft Auto. But it has taken a different turn. Read More »

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has just sold a pitch to DreamWorks called Southpaw, which has Marshall “Eminem” Mathers attached to star. Eminem will play a left handed, world champion boxer whose life is crushed by a major tragedy and has to fight his way back to the top. Sutter is currently writing and will have a draft of the screenplay done by February, when he’ll start working on the next season of his show. Read more about what drew Sutter to the project, his relationship to Eminem and more after the jump. Read More »

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We missed a big piece of casting news about a week ago, which was that Rachel Weisz had signed on for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360. The picture is scripted by the ubiquitous-of-late Peter Morgan, based on a play by Arthur Schnitzler. (The gent who wrote Traumnovelle, which was last adapted to film as Eyes Wide Shut.)

Now joining Weisz in the film is Anthony Hopkins. There’s also an interesting duo in talks. (Not much of a secret — their names are right there in the headline.) Read More »

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Nationwide, Juggalos are already boycotting in parking lots, in addition to breeding. Eminem, the 37-year-old adolescent rapper, will follow up his $116 million grossing fictionalized biopic, 8 Mile, from 2002 with a 3D anthology horror movie horrifically entitled Shady Talez. The project has kicked around for a while, and is now part of a synergy package that includes a same-named four-issue comic book series due 2010 from Marvel Icons. The above image comes from that. Slim Shady will produce and star in multiple roles in the film, which will give an “urban wink” to genre classics such “as Christine, Aliens, and The Lost Boys in the style of George Romero’s Creepshow. What, no characteristic ode to Irreversible or Twisted Nerve?

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Eminem in Funny People

Eminem revealed last month that he filmed a cameo in Judd Apatow‘s Funny People. Now MTV has confirmed the appearance, publishing the first photo of Marshall Mathers in the movie, chatting with Adam Sandler at a Hollywood restaurant.

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