Exclusive: Chris Pratt to Star in COWBOY NINJA VIKING

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Chris Pratt quickly went from talented comedic actor to franchise star with this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s poised to lead another studio tentpole film.  Sources tell us that Pratt is now attached to topline Universal’s adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo.  It sounds like the kind of title that would pique the interest of Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer, and indeed it’s a rather heightened genre project.  The story revolves around a schizophrenic assassin working for a secret government program who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.  More after the jump.

Will Ferrell Prepares for Prison with Kevin Hart in First GET HARD Images

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard images from the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The prospect of pairing the comedic stylings of Ferrell and Hart is incredibly promising, and from the looks of these images their chemistry is going to be pretty great.  Moreover, the timely premise allows the duo to riff on topics that are especially relevant to our society at this point in time.

Take a look at the first Get Hard images after the jump, and check back here soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Rosamund Pike in Talks for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US with Charlie Hunnam; Clive Owen, Maria Bello to Lead THE CONFIRMATION

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Rosamund Pike may well be on her way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her tremendous turn in this year’s Gone Girl, and now she’s already keen on lining up her next project.  Variety reports the actress is in early talks to star in the survival love story drama The Mountain Between Us, which has Charlie Hunnam set as the male lead.  The story revolves around a pair of strangers—a writer on the way to her wedding and a doctor heading home from a conference—who survive a plane crash in the mountains.  Badly injured and alone, the two must find a way down the mountain, but since being stranded on a mountain with a good-looking stranger is one of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs, they begin to fall for each other.

Hit the jump for more, including casting for the directorial debut of Nebraska writer Bob Nelson.

New THE GOOD DINOSAUR Image Revealed; Director Peter Sohn’s Story Changes for the Pixar Buddy Comedy Include a New Antagonist

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Pixar has been no stranger to major, last-minute changes on its films—especially when it comes to swapping out the director—but changes for the studio’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur has had quite possibly the farthest reaching effect.  Up co-director Bob Peterson was poised to make his directorial debut with the film, but he was removed from the project nine months before release.  The film was subsequently pushed back from 2014 to November 25, 2015, leaving Pixar without a 2014 release and straining the studio financially, resulting in layoffs and a shift of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory to 2016.

The studio confirmed last month that Peterson’s co-director Peter Sohn has now taken over as the director of the film, and details have surfaced regarding how Sohn overhauled the story and why Peterson was fired in the first place.  Read on after the jump.

Peter Berg to Direct Cartel Thriller THE HUNT FOR EL CHAPO; LET’S BE COPS Helmer Tackling Sci-Fi with SLINGSHOT

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Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director.  THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman.  The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay.  Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam.  He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals.

Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers, but he recently signed on to helm Mark Wahlberg in the remake The Six Billion Dollar Man.  Hit the jump for news concerning Luke Greenfield turning his attention to the sci-fi genre.

Steve McQueen Will Next Direct a Film About Activist Paul Robeson

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Filmmaker Steve McQueen has been doing incredible work for years now, but it all came to a head last year with his Best Picture-winning drama 12 Years a Slave.  His follow-up project was a bit atypical for an Oscar winner, as he opted to turn his attention to developing and direct the HBO pilot Codes of Conduct, which revolves around a young African-American man entering New York City high society.  With that drama now complete, McQueen has announced his next feature film project: a film about actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson.  More after the jump.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Looking at Actors for Young Jean Grey and Cyclops Roles; Chloe Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning in the Mix

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We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series.  Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel.  However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of DOFP and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants.

Which mutants, you may ask?  Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are being eyed to play a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops.  More after the jump.

Heavy Drama Gets Animated in FANTASTIC MR. FOXCATCHER Trailer

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Director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher is certainly one of the darkest and most somber films of the year, so obviously it makes a fine companion to the visual stylings of director Wes Anderson.  Someone has taken the audio of the Foxcatcher trailer and quite successfully dubbed it over footage from Anderson’s incredible (not to mention wildly entertaining) 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.  It’s an odd match but it actually works quite well, and it even has the Megan Ellison Seal of Approval.  Both films are great and I highly recommend seeking out Foxcatcher—which includes three of the best performances of the year—when it comes to a theater near you.

Watch the Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher trailer after the jump.  Foxcatcher is now playing in select cities. 

Monday TV Ratings: STATE OF AFFAIRS Debuts So-So; GOTHAM Ticks Up

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TV ratings for Monday, November 17th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s series premiere of State of Affairs (directed by Joe Carnahan) debuted to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 8.6 million viewers.  That’s three tenths shy of last week’s episode of The Blacklist in the same timeslot.
  • Over on Fox, a Harvey Dent-infused episode of Gotham (read Dave’s recap here) ticked up a tenth to a 2.3 rating and garnered 6.41 million viewers.  Sleepy Hollow was also up a tenth from last week’s series low to a 1.6 rating and scored 4.61 million viewers.
  • CBS’ 2 Broke Girls rose two tenths to a 2.1 rating and garnered 7.92 million viewers, while Scorpion matched last week’s 2.0 rating and hit 10.06 million viewers and NCIS: Los Angeles was up two tenths to a 1.7 rating and 8.7 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Castle was up two tenths to a 1.8 rating and 9.38 million viewers.
  • The CW’s The Originals matched last week’s 0.7 rating and scored 1.41 million viewers, while Jane the Virgin dropped a tenth to a 0.4 rating and garnered 1.11 million viewers.

SAFE HOUSE Director Daniel Espinosa May Helm Marathon Bombing Drama BOSTON STRONG for Fox; Casey Affleck Departs

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The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star.  Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm.  Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart.  The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013.  More after the jump.

Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro Developing CORTES Drama Series at HBO

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Martin Scorsese made his first foray into television with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, helming the pilot and acting as an executive producer on the series.  He recently delved into his second HBO project, an untitled 70s Rock ‘N Roll drama series from Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and now he’s lining up a third potential series at the network: a drama revolving around the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.  And who’s interest in playing the infamous explorer?  That would be Benicio Del Toro.  More after the jump.

Patty Jenkins to Direct Action-Comedy Remake JACKPOT

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It appears that Monster director Patty Jenkins is now close to making her second feature film in over a decade.  The talented filmmaker was previously attached to helm Thor: The Dark World but subsequently dropped out over creative differences with Marvel.  Her other credits include directing the pilot for AMC’s The Killing as well as episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development, but now THR reports that she’s turning her attention to the action-comedy genre with a remake of the 2011 Norwegian film Jackpot.  Based on a story by crime author Jo Nesbo (Headhunters and The Snowman), the film revolves around four men who win big in a sports pool, only to resort to lethal measures when dividing the winnings proves difficult.

The Expendables and Doom scribe David Callaham penned the screenplay, and Will Gluck (Easy A) is producing.  It’s been too long since Jenkins brought her talents to the feature film world, so I’m happy to see that she’s found a new project.  Watch the trailer for the original film after the jump.

HBO Orders WESTWORLD to Series for 2015 Debut; Watch the First Brief Teaser

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Jonathan Nolan officially has another show on the air.  HBO announced today (via Twitter, obviously) that is has ordered to series Nolan’s adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film Westworld, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  The official, cryptic logline for this HBO series is as follows:

Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.

Nolan, of course, is the brother of Christopher Nolan and has co-written the screenplays for films like The Dark Knight and Interstellar, but he also acts as the creator/executive producer of the CBS series Person of Interest and is developing another potential HBO show in the form of an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi series Foundation.  Hit the jump for more on the Westworld TV show and to watch the first brief teaser trailer for the series, which is poised to debut in 2015.

Full-Length Trailer for New Netflix Series MARCO POLO Is Light on Pooltime Horseplay

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Netflix has unveiled the full-length Marco Polo trailer after the first teaser debuted online a few weeks ago.  The new original series follows the titular explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  While this trailer once again teases the massive scope and gorgeous landscapes of the show (Kon-Tiki and Pirates 5 helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes), there are some more character-centric shots that are less impressive.  Regardless, I’m curious to see if Netflix’s first “large-scale period epic” original series is a success.

Check out the new Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo RichelmyBenedict WongJoan ChenChin HanZhu ZhuOlivia ChengClaudia KimMahesh JaduTom WuRemy HiiUli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

JURASSIC WORLD Viral Site Launches; New Images Revealed, Plus Trailer Debuting on Thanksgiving? [Updated]

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If you’re a fan of digging through viral campaigns, you’re about to be quite happy.  The Jurassic World viral site has now officially launched, giving fans the opportunity to comb through the “official” website of InGen’s new corporate owner for details about director Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) film.  The site is touted as belonging to Masrani, a telecommunications company that was established in 1973 by Sanjay Masrani, whose son Simon (Irrfan Khan) took over the company in 1992 after Sanjay’s passing.  Simon expanded Masrani’s reach into the oil market leading to major revenue increase and, wouldn’t you know it, he purchased International Genetic Technologies (aka InGen) after the death of Dr. John Hammond in 1997.  And what did Simon do with InGen?  Well he set out to build a fully functioning Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, of course.

I’m sure there’s plenty more to be found on the viral site, but we’ve pulled some some of the more noteworthy images.  Take a look after the jump.  The pic also stars Chris PrattBryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsVincent D’OnofrioJake JohnsonJudy Greer, and Omar SyJurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015. [Update: There's a ticking clock on the website that counts down to 9pm ET on Thanksgiving, which happens to be during an NFL game on NBC, so that's likely when/where the first trailer will hit.]

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