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Back in October it was announced that Gerard Butler is set to return as Secret Service agent Mike Banning for Angel Has Fallen, a sequel to the hit action films Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, and in an interview with Cinema Blend to promote his new film Geostorm, Butler has revealed that the third movie is set to deliver a more character-focussed story, similar to that of this year’s Logan.
“You know, it’s fun to watch a city falling or the White House falling, and it’s fun to watch it again, and you go ‘what?’ The joke would be, ‘What’s next? Tokyo?’ Ok. So let’s take it in another direction and go inner world, and it just feels a little more surprising. It was almost like Logan was to Wolverine, is our Angel Has Fallen was to the first two.”
- Gary Collinson
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.
“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way. »
- Kate Erbland
The life of retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is receiving the biopic treatment, and one of the best actors in the biz has just signed up to play the part. Morgan Freeman will play Powell in a new film from Marshall director Reginald Hudlin. The future Colin Powell movie is being […]
- Chris Evangelista
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Laura Dern (above in Twin Peaks) shared a first look at the character she plays in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (below). Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo became friends with Leia Organa in her youth and later began working with the resistance against the First Order. The sequel will open in theaters on December 15. [Instagram via BirthMoviesDeath] Excited to talk a little Star Wars with my buddy @theellenshow today!! A post shared by @lauradern on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:56am Pdt Powell: Morgan Freeman (Going in Style, above) will portray Colin Powell in a new biographical portrait of the former military leader. Ed Whitworth wrote the screenplay, which takes place during the years that Powell served as U.S. Secretary of...
- Peter Martin
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.
The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction. »
Adam McKay won’t be the only one to tackle the biopic of a U.S. politician, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Morgan Freeman will be starring as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in the biopic Powell from director Reginald Hudlin.
The script was written by Ed Whitworth and will follow Powell during his time as former U.S. President George W. Bush’s presidency. Powell has an infamous role in the U.S.’ decision to invade Iraq in 2003 by making a presentation to the United Nations that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, an assertion he at first denied and were later proven false. Powell will follow the lead-up to Powell’s Un presentation.
- Ricky Church
Nick Harley Oct 19, 2017
Powell will detail the former Secretary of State's time in the George W. Bush White House.
Freeman will star in Powell by director Reginald Hudlin, who’s coming off the heels of his Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. The script was written by Ed Whitwort and has remained on the best unproduced screenplay Black List since 2011. The film is set during Powell’s time in the White House serving as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
A respected Army general and the first African-American Secretary of State, Powell became a controversial figure after making a case for the war in Iraq to the United Nations Security Council. Powell initially opposed U.S. involvement in the Middle East, »
The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. Powell later described the event as a low point in his career.
Reginald Hudlin is attached to direct “Powell” with Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment as the production companies. Producers are Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations.
Hudlin will direct from a script by Ed Whitworth, which was on the 2011 Black List. The project will focus on Powell’s tenure as the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position.
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- Dave McNary
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Powell, who went from respected Army general to the first African-American Secretary of State, initially opposed the »
- Borys Kit
"Lean on Me" star Jermaine Hopkins might need another meeting with Morgan Freeman -- cops say he tried to speed past them with several pounds of marijuana in his car. Law enforcement sources tell us cops in Apex, Nc spotted Jermaine driving 70 in a 55 last week. Once they pulled him over cops say they found 5.7 lbs. of weed in his trunk and arrested him for felony drug possession with intent to sell. He also got »
- TMZ Staff
Okay. We’re hooked. Morgan Freeman. Tommy Lee Jones. Rene Russo. Oh, yes…there’s Ron Shelton, too. Though we haven’t seen much from director Shelton for a while, he is back, and his new action comedy already has a lot going for it. It’s scheduled to open on December 8th. Three Hollywood forces combine for success potential in Shelton’s newest romp, and we’re not only talking about the three main characters. First, there’s Shelton’s previous comedy successes. He made a name for himself with White Men Can’t Jump, Cobb, Tin Cup, and Bull Durham. He knows his stars, as Rene Russo starred
“Just Getting Started” Trailer is Looking Good So Far »
- Nat Berman
Valerian and Leon director has revealed that the screenplay for a sequel to one of his biggest more recent releases, Lucy. The 2014 action movie made over $460 million from a $40 million budget – a massive hit for the filmmaker.
The plot of the original movie revolved around a carefree student named Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is abducted by thugs who intend to turn her into a drug mule. She is surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful chemical, but it leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities, including telekinesis and telepathy. With her former captors in pursuit, Lucy seeks out a neurologist (Morgan Freeman), who she hopes will be able to help her.
There’s no news on timelines for the sequel to Lucy coming to screens, but the word on the street is that Besson will helm another movie first. »
- Paul Heath
After the surprising success of Lucy, the 2014 action-thriller, Lucy 2 was inevitable. Although we haven't heard much about it for quite some time. During a EuropaCorp shareholders meeting in Paris, EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shmuger confirmed that original Lucy movie writer-director Luc Besson has already completed the script for this action sequel, although no production schedule is in place yet. While no specific story details were revealed, it seems that Luc Besson is eyeing another female-driven project to direct before he tackles Lucy 2.
The original Lucy followed Scarlett Johansson as the title character. When her boyfriend tricks Lucy into delivering a briefcase to a supposed business contact, the once-carefree student is abducted by thugs who intend to turn her into a drug mule. She is surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful chemical, but it leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities, including telekinesis and telepathy. With her former captors in pursuit, »
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
Moneyball’s Billy Beane said it best when it came to surviving in a hard industry. “Adapt or die.” Powerful words and while Hollywood is not baseball, they’ve got more in common than most would think about. You see, both require stars to perform their craft admirably for an audience, sell merchandise, and get butts in seats. However, one thing that Hollywood does better than baseball, and pretty much every other profession is: adaptation.
For those of you who don’t know, adaptation refers to the process of making something suitable for a new use or purpose. Our bodies adapt to time changes, animals adapt to environmental shifts, and Hollywood adapts novels, comic books, plays, and video games to try and get more money. While not identical in the biological sense, Hollywood is just doing what we do all the time. They are changing to better fit the new situation they are presented with. »
- S Christian Roe
This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.
A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.
While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch »
- Tom Brueggemann
"I want to take a moment to thank all of you for watching this week," she said at the end of Friday's episode. "It's been very exciting. It's been educational."
Kelly went on to address the program's bumpy start, which included an awkward interview with Jane Fonda, Debra Messing declaring that she regretted going on the show and a cameraman cursing after he accidentally walked into frame.
"I’ve just been delighted at the media response, which is really -- no," she said.
Megyn Kelly closes 1st week of NBC talk show by taking shot at "media response," praising "viewer response" (her ratings have also been bad) pic.twitter.com/gHpshtwbuu
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 29, 2017
"The viewer response has been awesome, and I »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Just Getting Started here
From Ron Shelton, writer/director of Tin Cup and Bull Durham, comes the new comedy, Just Getting Started. Morgan Freeman stars as Duke Diver, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived Suzie (Rene Russo). When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, »
- Amie Cranswick
A thrilling story, a wide variety of available roles, and a major star—what’s not to love about today’s casting roundup? “The Manuscript,” the upcoming cat-and-mouse thriller starring Morgan Freeman, is seeking actors in New Orleans, Louisiana for background roles. There are also opportunities for a new dating app, an immersive Prohibition Era-themed theatrical experience, and a short narrative film! “The Manuscript” Join the upcoming cat-and-mouse thriller “The Manuscript,” starring Morgan Freeman as “a jailed genius convict who leads an ambitious junior book editor through clues in his memoir to the $20 million in missing diamonds he stole years earlier.” Male and female talent, aged 20–79, is wanted to portray NYC pedestrians, Hasidic Jews, prisoners, and more in background roles. The production will film Oct. 9–29 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some pay will be provided. Apply here! FILMDATEFind love and work in one place with FilmDate, a new dating app for actors. »
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