As if the sight of Sylvester Stallone in the forgettable 1995 "Judge Dredd" is not enough, along came news that DNA Films, Reliance Big Entertainment, and IM Global are jointly financing a bigger, better "Judge Dredd," in 3D, of course!
The film will be directed by Pete Travis ("Vantage Point") from a script by Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later," author of "The Beach").
Deadline Hollywood exclusively learned that DNA's Andrew Macdonald "went back to the franchise’s DNA to completely overhaul the film and bring it back to its origins as the UK comic created by John Wagner and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra. Dredd is set in a futuristic world filled with violence, and the character is empowered to act as judge, jury and executioner."
As I've said before, a good film begins with a good script, and Garland, so far, has a good reputation as a scriptwriter.
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As we told you in January, Ron Howard is set to direct Vince Vaughn in a comedy about cheating from Universal Pictures! The film, previously called "Cheaters," is getting ready to go on production in Chicago in June.
Now, Channing Tatum will be joining the all-star cast of Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, and Winona Ryder. The "Dear John" actor will play Ryder's rough and tough lover.
The script, written by Allan Loeb, tells the story of two best friends (James and Vaughn). Ryder plays James' wife who's been cheating with Tatum. So upon discovery of Ryder's infidelity, Vaughn confronts her directly and must decide whether or not he will tell his friend.
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A New York-Presbyterian Hospital spokeswoman has confirmed that singer, dancer, and actress Lena Horne has died.
She was 92.
For a complete look at Horne's magnificent life, click here, otherwise, see her perform her signature hit, "Stormy Weather," from the 1943 Fox film of the same name. We are forever grateful to Miss Horne's contribution to the world of cinema!
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"Iron Man 2" enjoyed a super-heroic opening, earning $133.6 million domestically. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire-turned-super hero Tony Stark, the sequel beat the original film's $98.6 million debut in 2008 and is now holding the record of having the fifth-biggest opening weekend.
Overseas, "Iron Man 2" took in $194 million since it debuted last week, bringing its worldwide total to over $327 million. (Check out my movie review of "Iron Man 2" right here)
"Iron Man 2's" enormous opening failed to beat "The Dark Knight's" record of $158.4 in 2008 or "Spider-Man 3's" $151.1 million debut in 2007. The sequel also didn't surpass 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with $142.8 million or 2006's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" with $135.6 million.
Previous weekend's No. 1 flick, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, fell sharply to No. 2 with $9.1 million, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" held steadily at No. 3 with $6.7 million, bringing its total to $201 million.
The other new release this weekend, "Babies," enjoyed a $1.5 million opening in just 534 theaters. Way to go "Babies!" (Check out my movie review of "Babies" right here)
Here's the list of the Top 10 box office films, per estimates, for weekend of May 7th:
1. "Iron Man 2," $133.6 million.
2. "A Nightmare on Elm Street," $9.1 million.
3. "How to Train Your Dragon," $6.7 million.
4. "Date Night," $5.3 million.
5. "The Back-up Plan," $4.3 million.
6. "Furry Vengeance," $4 million.
7. "Clash of the Titans," $2.3 million.
8. "Death at a Funeral," $2.1 million.
9. "The Losers," $1.8 million.
10. "Babies," $1.5 million.
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Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations to play the villain in "Arabian Nights," The Hollywood Reporter exclusively learned. Chuck Russell is attached to direct the action-adventure from a script he co-wrote with Barry R. Ambrose.
Liam Hemsworth is set to play a young commander who joins Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue Queen Scheherazade. Hopkins will star as Pharotu, a maniacal sorcerer who murdered Sinbad's love, a mermaid, and he wants more magic!
Production is set to start shooting end-of-summer.
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