Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Calmatic will be working as the House Party remake director in collaboration with LeBron James, who is developing the film through his SpringHill Entertainment banner.
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Mortal Kombat was already given the big screen treatment back in 1995 when the controversial video game was at the height of its popularity. The movie may have been a big hit, but it certainly wasn’t what you would call good. But Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are ready to give the video game franchise another shot on the big screen for a proper adaptation, and production has just begun on the movie. Read More »
Update: Variety reports that Chin Han (who played corrupt businessman Mr. Lau in The Dark Knight) has been cast as the evil Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, while Hiroyuki Sanada will play Scorpion. Sanada played the gangster who was killed by Jeremy Renner’s Ronin in Avengers: Endgame, and has credits on shows like Westworld and Lost. Our original article from earlier today continues below.
The Mortal Kombat reboot has found its Sonya Blade and Kano. The Meg actress Jessica McNamee is in final talks to play Sonya Blade, while Australian actor Josh Lawson has closed the deal to play heavy-hitter Kano. Joining them in the Mortal Kombat cast is Wu Assassins and Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan in an undisclosed role.
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Update: Variety reports that up-and-coming British actor George Young (Containment) has been cast as the male lead in Wan’s secret movie, which is now tentatively titled Silvercup. Our original article about the film’s initial casting announcement continues below.
James Wan’s secret horror movie has found its star in Annabelle Wallis. The Mummy star, who recently appeared in Showtime’s Roger Ailes miniseries The Loudest Voice, has been tapped to lead the James Wan horror movie cast, though details are still being kept under wraps.
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Update: THR now reports that in addition to Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl), Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok) and Australian newcomer Sisi Stringer as Jax, Raiden, and Mileena, respectively. Our original report follows.
From one video game martial arts-fighting character to another, it looks like Ludi Lin won’t have to change up his outfits anytime soon. The Power Rangers star, who recently appeared in the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers,” is in talks to join the Mortal Kombat cast in the role of Liu Kang. The New Line Cinema adaptation of the popular video game franchise is already assembling quite a cast, including The Raid star Joe Taslim. Read More »
As we wait for Amazon to take us back to Middle-earth with a new sprawling, epic Lord of the Rings series (which may have a staggering 20 episodes in its first season), let’s look back at Peter Jackson’s film trilogy with a new set of prints from artist Andy Fairhurst. In his trademark style, the prints pay tribute to scenes from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring featuring Arwen (Liv Tyler), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), and Boromir (Sean Bean) in heroic stances. See all of the new Andy Fairhust Lord of the Rings prints and find out when you can get them below. Read More »
Pennywise the dancing clown is back in a few months with It Chapter Two…and we can’t wait to make his demented acquaintance again. The mood in the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego was heightened before moderator Conan O’Brien took the stage, but it approached something resembling a rock concert when the brand new trailer for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s hotly-anticipated horror sequel premiered. By the time director Andy Muschietti and the cast (the seven members of the “Losers’ Club,” all grown-up) took the stage, the follow-up to the most successful horror film of all time had the audience in the palm of its hand.
By the time you read this, that new trailer will probably be online. But the third annual “ScareDiego” event (a new-ish Comic-Con tradition I hope sticks around for some time) had a lot more to offer everyone in attendance. Several clips from the film screened, showcasing a sequel that looks funny, frightening and offers more of the same…but in a good way. If it’s not broken, why fix it? If this footage is any indication, this movie is going to make a bajillion dollars.
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With Aggretsuko tearing up the small screen, Sanrio is set to dominate the big screen too with a Hello Kitty movie adaptation. The ubiquitous Sanrio brand is being adapted into a feature film by New Line, which has just tapped the Hello Kitty movie writer. Lindsey Beer, whose credits include Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming YA film Chaos Walking, has been set to write Hello Kitty, the movie based on the adorable toy merchandise.
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Gary Dauberman has become a key figure in the horror world, and particularly the Conjuring Universe having written all three Annabelle films and The Nun, plus the two-part Stephen King adaptation It. He makes his directorial debut with the third Annabelle spin-off, Annabelle Comes Home.
Taking place immediately after the first Conjuring film, the new movie finds Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) bringing the cursed Annabelle doll to their private Artifact Room. While they’re out for the night, Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) babysits for Judy Warren (McKenna Grace). Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) sneaks into the Artifact Room and opens Annabelle’s case. Things don’t go well.
We just spoke with Dauberman a month ago for the DC Universe premiere of Swamp Thing. Just to show how quickly things can change in Hollywood, Swamp Thing was cancelled shortly thereafter with many stories emerging about why. Dauberman spoke about that, as well as his adaptation of Salem’s Lot. Annabelle Comes Home is in theaters this Friday.
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Zachary Levi is going to know kung fu…again. The Shazam! star may seem like he was born to play a childlike superhero, but Levi will be returning the genre in which he belongs with the upcoming Jeff Tomsic-helmed Spy Guys, as the lead of the action comedy about a sleek spy who is forced to rely on his moronic college friends. Levi would lead the cast in a production led by the comedy dream team of Lonely Island.
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