More MMA fighters are invading your action movies. We just had the report that female fighter Gina Carano would be starring in Steven Soderbergh’s next film. Now there is a credible report that former UFC champ Rampage Jackson, tagged for the role over a year ago, has arrived in Vancouver, where he’ll spend the next six weeks sporting a mohawk and gold chains as The A-Team‘s resident malcontent mechanic B.A. Baracus. Read More »
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When John Singleton was developing an A-Team movie, he was talking to Ice Cube about playing B.A. Baracus. A year and a half later, Joe Carnahan has since been brought on board to get the project started, and BlackFilm is reporting that a new rapper has now become the front-runner for the mo-hawked soldier of fortune role originally played by Mr. T in the television series. The Game. The 29-year-old Grammy nominated rapper made his big screen debut in the not-well-received 2006 action-drama Waist Deep. He later had a small role in Street Kings.
The announced cast includes Liam Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith and Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Pack. For some reason I’m really not interested in an A-Team movie, which probably stems from my dislike for the series as a child. Also, I just think the show only worked in Regan-era (let’s not get political…) But if I were interested, The Game’s casting would probably excite me less than other, possibly more credible, options (even within the hip-hop field).But who knows, we really haven’t seen what he has to offer yet. What do you guys think?
Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan is the latest filmmaker to board 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of The A-Team. John Singleton was the latest director attached to the project, but decided to exit the project after a bunch of rewrites. The film was originally set to hit theaters in June 2009, but is now scheduled to hit theaters on June 11th 2010. Swordfish and Hitman scribe Skip Woods has been hired to pen the latest draft.
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Today the angels looking down on Scranton, Pennsylvania are crooning “Beers in Heaven.” Steve Carell has signed on to star as Dunder Mifflin’s quasi-top dog, Michael Scott, on NBC‘s The Office for three more years. An understandably elated, Ricky Gervais, broke the news on his blog…
“Steve Carell (now one of the most bankable film stars in the world) has just signed up for another three years with us. He is the hardest working man in Hollywood and the harder he works the better it is for me. I mean… well done Steve you are wonderful. …Steve had to do months of that in Evan Almighty and I heard he didn’t complain once. He is a very nice man and deserves all his success.”
Gervais went on to mention 2009’s The Office spin-off starring Aziz Ansari but kept mum. He also (half-?) jokingly threw his name into the ring for the role of Hannibal in The A-Team remake. John Singleton, give him a call, no joke. That would be choice.
Back to Carell: the news is a welcome surprise given Carell’s consistent box office draw in hit comedies (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine), sleeper dramas (Dan in Real Life) and passable summer fare (Get Smart). That this rare flexibility has worked out so well on both sides was no doubt a contributing factor in the deal. Why not celebrate by picking up some cupcakes on sale at the grocery store during your lunch break to cheer up your office’s fluorescent-lit hangout room? “That’s what she said!” is going nowhere.
Discuss: Michael Scott’s love of kids.
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leg-tanglers brawlers the new rapper actors (or “raptors” as coined by Vulture)? Last night, Ultimate Fighting champ, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where it was announced that he’s a contender for the role of B.A. Baracus in John Singleton‘s upcoming A-Team movie. You can watch the clip here to get a feeling for his mannerisms, and I’ve included a requisite photo with digital flames to the right. Yeah, he already wears that chain everywhere.
Kimmel: Now, what’s going on with your hair…because I heard you’re going to play–not Mr. T–but B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie.
Rampage: I don’t know what you’re talking about, man. [laughs] No, I don’t know. I gotta audition for it, you know what I’m sayin’? I gotta do a screen test. Hopefully I get the part, hopefully I’m the next B.A. Baracus.
Kimmel: Has anyone broken it to Mr. T that he’s not the new B.A. Baracus?
Rampage: [pause] I pity the fool.
Rampage admitted in the interview that acting scares him more than fighting. He seems like a likable guy, sure, and if this was a Best of the Best straight-to-DVD sequel, I’d say he’s pretty much perfect to play dueling twins. But it’s not. Mr. T deserves better. Rampage might be more agreeable than Ice Cube or Tyrese or David Banner or Kenan Thompson (imagine), but if that’s the sort of B/C-list grab bag Singleton is looking at, why not just call up T or Carl Weathers or Bo Jackson? If we have to keep it inside the ring, Kimbo Slice would be bonkers.
My friend, Shawn, thinks Katt Williams would be a wise choice, and while Katt’s pretty good in GTA4, my choice is jersey-robbin’ J.B. Smoove who plays Leon Black (!!!) on Curb Your Enthusiasm. That’s the sound of me dropping a mic on stage. Gameover.
Discuss: Rampage or Mehpage? Who should play Baracus? Is UFC the new Hollywood talent pool?
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Orlando United has photos of the exterior and queue area of Disney’s new Toy Story Mania. I love the mini-replica of Pixar Studios.
David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” has signed on to write, direct and produce his first feature film for Paramount Pictures. [Variety]
Warner Bros has released a new poster (seen right) and trailer for Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. [Apple]
Natalie Portman has walked out of new film ‘Wuthering Heights‘. [monstersandcritics]
There are only 13 directors in film history who’s films have grossed more than $1 billion at the box office (domestically). Michael Bay did it in seven. So did James Cameron. [shootfortheedit]
Before we take a trip back in time, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek actually begins sometime after 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, as Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy) returns from Romulan space. [TrekMovie]
The Dark Knight: HBO First Look’ will premiere on Thursday, July 10 at 10:45 p.m. Like all of HBO’s recent behind-the-scenes special, The Dark Knight first look will run 13 minutes. [comics2film]
CC2K takes a look at an unproduced script for a prequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and finds that it’s not all bad.
Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster will topline Christian Alvart’s sci-fi thriller Pandorum. [variety]
Take a first look at the new Batmobile which will debut in Batman #676. Yeah, I like the the tumbler better. [io9]
The November 1980 issue of Warren Presents: Empire Encounters Comix offers the promise of spoilers for “Star Wars 2!” Boba Fett leading stormtroopers? A Rebel assault on “Vader’s stronghold?” Han Solo and Chewbacca captured by the Empire? [John Booth]
Lionsgate has picked up the rights to the comic book “Deal With the Devil” and has set writer Kyle Ward to adapt. [THR]
Our friends at LatinoReview have seen an unfinished cut of Hellboy II: The Golden Army and says it “was a joy to watch even without the eye candy.”
The Sandcrawler Times has a look at a bunch of new WALL-E products from Thinkway Toys.
NYTimes reports that the negative Indiana Jones review which leaked last week was actually from “a theater executive who saw the film at an exhibitors’ screening this week.” And that “Theater executives may have an incentive to play down a movie’s prospects after such a screening, to get better terms.”
Check out the trailer from the WALL-E video game. [fanboy]
Watch the movie trailer for Noise starring Tim Robbins on FirstShowing.
Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey are attached to star in John Waters‘ Christmas film Fruitcake. [THR]
Senator Entertainment has greenlit Samuel L. Jackson thriller Unthinkable with Gregor Jordan (The Informers) attached to direct with production starting Sept. 2 in Michigan. [variety]
The new Knight Rider series won’t be based on that terrible terrible pilot. Thank God! Oh wait, that still doesn’t mean it’s going to be good. [screenrant]
How could anyone hate E.T.? Annalee Newitz lists Nine Reasons Why She Hates the Spielberg film. [io9]
I love this Taiwan version of the Juno poster. [impa]
FSR has posted the Ten Movies You Need to See Before Going to Vegas.
American Teen is being given a new soundtrack. Lets hope they don’t suck things up. Please, whatever you do – keep Phantom Planet’s Do The Panic! [theenvolope]
The X-Files: I Want to Believe movie trailer will be released Monday night. [collider]
David O. Russell‘s risque political comedy Nailed has been put on hold while shooting in South Carolina because of a “cash crunch” that’s causing problems with SAG, IATSE and the Teamsters. Co-stars Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal (the pic also stars James Marsden, Catherine Keener, and Tracy Morgan) “are waiting to see if the movie will continue. [Nikki Finke]
LatinoReview is reporting that John Singleton is looking at Bruce Willis for the role of Col. John “Hannibal” Smith for the upcoming big screen version of The A-Team.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California must increase tax incentives to movie and television studios as a way to keep them from moving their productions out of state. [THR]
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation will have an Los Angeles premiere at the Mann’s Chinese on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30 pm. If you ever have the chance to see this film, DO IT! [PRNewswire]
Richard Burgi (Hostel: Part II, pictured inside) plays a sheriff in Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th remake. [bloody-disgusting]
“Fool, you betta call me!”
If John Singleton (Higher Learning, 2 Fast 2 Furious) needs someone to walk the Earth in search of the perfect gold dookie chains for his re-envisioning of the hit ’80s show The A-Team, I’ll do it for free shrimp. That’s right, the suspect action show that kept a million kids off the pot is headed to the big screen via 20th Century Fox on June 12, 2009. It will face off on that date with the Eddie Murphy extravaganza Nowhere Land.
None of the macho mercenary roles are locked, though Singleton, who has made this project sound promising and even hinted at an R-rating (I’d still bet on PG-13), tipped Woody Harrelson for the role of Murdock back in January.
And then Ice Cube (zzz) generously offered his services for the role of Mr. T’s B.A. Baracus, but Singleton replied to that with, “all this bullshit of who is saying who is this person and who isâ€¦nobody is playing Mr. T, the character’s name is B.A. Baracus, he will have a Mohawk and there is a moment in the movie where he actually gets the Mohawk cause he’s going crazy!” So, got that, Ice Cube, nobody is playin’ Mr. T.
Mohawks and overalls (on badass black dudes) forever.
Discuss: Sound like fun to you or sheer trash? Who deserves to rock the chains? Please, no rappers, especially Lil Mama.
While waiting online for the valet, Collider bumped into director John Singleton and ended up with some nice scoops regarding his upcoming take on The A-Team. Before we go any farther, I just want to say that Singleton is one of the most personable and persuasive directors I’ve ever interviewed. During production for 2 Fast 2 Furious, his ideas sounded just as badass, weirdly agreeable and uncompromising as they do here. But either way, he clearly digs the script and materialâ€¦and might he be dismissing Ice Cube‘s recent self-casting as B.A. Baracus?
A-Team is going. It’s not a comic movie farce like Starsky and Hutch, it’s kind of in the tradition of the 80’s action pictures, the man’s movies like Die Hard, Predator, Commando, or even Lethal Weapon more so than anything else. The action is very serious, but there is humor. That’s what we are going for. I don’t know who is in the cast yet, so all this bullshit of who is saying who is this person and who isâ€¦nobody is playing Mr. T, the character’s name is B.A. Baracus, he will have a Mohawk and there is a moment in the movie where he actually gets the Mohawk cause he’s going crazy. And I don’t know who is in the cast yet, but I do know that the only person I want right now is, that I really, really want is Woody Harrelson to play Murdock, the guy who is crazy but he’s kind of real smart, a jack of all trades.
Casting Woody Harrelson as Murdock would set a great tone and message for the film. The guy’s great with comedy (White Men Can’t Jump, Kingpin, the upcoming Semi-Pro) and I’ve always thought it odd that he’s stayed away from straight-up action flicks with the exception of the disappointing Money Train. Harrelson has a certain athleticism, slacker brawn and twinkle in the eye that’s perfect for the genre. And with Oliver Stone’s Pinkville recently falling apart due to the strike, Harrelson’s schedule might free him up to consider the film. Singleton didn’t specify the film’s rating, but you’ll notice that the ’80s films he references above are all, famously, R-rated “movies for guys who like movies” staples. I’d be surprised if the studio (Fox) lets him take it there, but if they do my outlook on the flick improves greatly. I might be the only person who’s still in shock and shambles over Live Free of Die Hard, as well as the tameness and unneeded high concepts of ’00s action efforts.
Another interesting detail Singleton revealed is that the cast members will have a stipulation to sign on for additional A-Team flicks. This wasn’t the case with drivel like The Dukes of Hazzard, and while Singleton says the film’s budget isn’t locked down, the detail hints at a long term investment rather than a nostalgic stand alone cash-and-grab. Singleton also plays up the script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma andâ€¦2 Fast 2 Furious) in his chat, saying it’s the primary reason he’s onboard. And while he’s at it, why not randomly compare it to the Bourne films?
Yeah, and the people who are now just going to the movies and don’t know anything about that, will go to it just cause it’s a hot movie. It’s kind of like what they did with the Bourne movies, no nonsense but with a humor, with action. You know what I mean, wall to wall kicking ass and talking shit [laughs].
If John Singleton’s A-Team was rated-R, would that impact your anticipation for the film?