2013 was a big year for fictional movie thrillers involving the President of the United States, with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down both blasting into theaters within three months of each other. Those were simpler times when movies about the president didn’t pale in comparison to the hellish nightmare of the behavior of the actual leader of our country.
But Showtime is trying to bring us back to those days with a new TV adaptation of a forthcoming novel called The President is Missing. No, it has nothing to do with our current president – but it actually does directly involve one of the former leaders of the free world. President Bill Clinton wrote the novel with prolific author James Patterson (the Alex Cross series and dozens more), marking the first time an American President has ever co-written a thriller.
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After delivering the bumbling comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, director Steve Carr is heading into the world of young adults with an Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Patterson. With flairs of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Matilda and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the film looks like it’s perfectly geared towards the target audience who read the books, but with some familiar comedic talent to make it a little more appealing to adults.
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Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hollywood would have you believe that high school is the defining years of your life. Countless films follow teenagers as they look for the one magical thing that’ll get them laid or get them out of town, and even a lot of adult films seem to be based on the notion that you are who you sat with in the high school cafeteria. But as Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life shows, the years leading up to high school can be just as traumatic in their own way.
Based on the YA novel by James Patterson, Middle School follows Rafe (Griffin Gluck), an artsy kid who transfers to a strict new school. Fed up with all of the oppressive rules, Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca, a.k.a. the Burp King of Westchester) plot to break every single rule in the school’s code of conduct. Surrounding Rafe and Leo are a hilarious adult cast including Andy Daly, Adam Pally, Retta, Rob Riggle, and Lauren Graham. Watch the Middle School trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ever since Tyler Perry was first cast as Alex Cross in Summit’s James Patterson franchise reboot, fans have understandably been pretty skeptical. Remember, this is a role once played by the great Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Any actor would have his work cut out for him following an act like that, but Perry in particular — who’s best known for his cross-dressing, comedic performances as Madea — seemed like an odd fit.
But the more optimistic among us were willing to give Perry the benefit of the doubt until we saw some footage, and now that the first trailer has hit we have a better idea of what Perry’s capable of in the part. The upcoming Alex Cross features the DC detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with Picass0 (a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox), a psychotic killer. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, but depending on how things go with Star Trek 2 it may just be possible for Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller to try and bring Trek back to television at some point. Also after the jump:
- Bryan Fuller has a seven-season plan for Hannibal
- James Patterson’s Private series heads to television
- Netflix’s Lilyhammer gets renewed for Season 2
- HBO cancels The Life and Times of Tim after three seasons
- NBC picks up a half-hour sitcom from Matthew Perry
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Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Hey, remember when I shared with you that list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and how depressing that was? Well, it turns out Leonardo DiCaprio‘s $77 million is small potatoes compared to the incomes of some other, even more powerful players. Forbes has just released its list of the highest paid men in entertainment, and multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has come out as the top earner with $130 freaking million. DiCaprio did manage to make it in the top 10 — down at #8 — making him the only actor besides Perry to do so.
The rest of the top 10 are actually a fairly varied bunch, hailing from a wide range of industries. In addition to movies and TV (obviously), sports, publishing, sports, music, and radio are all represented here. Find out which ten men earned the most after the jump.
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Casting! Here’s info one one potentially great project, one that will probably find an appreciative audience, and one that will perhaps just make you hungry. I’ll let you figure out which is which:
- Wentworth Miller joins Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker,
- John C. McGinley will realize his destiny by playing police chief to Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross,
- and Tyler Posey will go to war with rival taco vendors in Taco Shop.
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You could probably make a pretty fun movie by cutting together footage from all the different films that feature actors playing Andy Warhol — his own I’m Not There, as it might become. If you wait a few months you’d be able to add Bill Hader‘s performance, which looks, physically at least, to be pretty spot-on. This is from Men in Black III, the troubled Barry Sonnenfeld sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. There has been no small amount of bad press about the film, much of it centered around the fact that no one could figure out what the movie is supposed to be, even after a big chunk had already been shot. But hey, at least Bill Hader looks pretty good as Warhol. Don’t expect his appearance in the film to add up to much more than an extended cameo, but I’ll take it. [more pics at Daily Mail via ComingSoon]
After the break, Jean Reno makes I, Alex Cross look good, and Alec Baldwin may not sing for Rock of Ages after all.
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Author James Patterson releases a new novel almost every other week. At least, that’s what it feels like. Murder mystery after murder mystery get turned out and devoured by legions of fans. In those novels, his most famous character is Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. detective and psychologist who was famously played by Morgan Freeman in two films: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Producers recently decided to reboot the Cross franchise, casting Tyler Perry as the lead in I, Alex Cross, which will also star Matthew Fox and Ed Burns. After a few months of negotiations the project, which will be directed by Rob Cohen, has just been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment. Read more after the break. Read More »