Mike Epps Confirmed to Play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

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A biopic of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been in the works for years now, but it appears that the film is finally coming to fruition.  We learned earlier this year that Precious and The Butler director Lee Daniels was signing on to helm the biopic, as contenders for the role of Pryor emerged.  Actors like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock had all vied for the part at one point or another in previous iterations of the project, and Daniels’ iteration was reported to have Murphy, Marlon Wayans, and Michael B. Jordan circling the role.  But over all the iterations, one name had regularly surfaced as a standout: Mike Epps.  Apparently his screen test for a previous version of the film blew people away, and last night on Twitter Daniels and Epps confirmed that the Hangover and Next Friday actor will indeed be playing Richard Pryor in this new biopic.  More on the Richard Pryor movie after the jump.

Mike Epps Talks REPENTANCE, the Appeal of the Film’s Spiritual Undertone, Working Opposite Anthony Mackie, and More

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Mike Epps is a comedian at heart and one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene, but in his latest film, Repentance, he undertakes a serious role as Ben, the loyal brother of Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie), a spiritual therapist whose successful book attracts the attention of a profoundly disturbed man (Forest Whitaker).  Opening in select theaters on February 28th, the horror-thriller directed by Philippe Caland also stars Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, and Ariana Neal.

I recently landed an exclusive interview with Epps who talked about how the project came together, what drew him to the role, why the spiritual undertone of the film appealed to him, the easy directing process with Caland, how he stepped up his acting game opposite Mackie, what it was like shooting on location in New Orleans, and how he escapes boredom by pursuing a multi-faceted career.  He also discussed his upcoming live comedy show, Mike Epps:  After Dark Tour, which hits the road in March, and playing Richard Pryor in the Nina Simone biopic, Nina, starring Zoe Saldana.  Check out the interview after the jump.

First Trailer for Thriller REPENTANCE Starring Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie

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The first trailer for the horror thriller Repentance has been released online.  Directed by Philippe Caland, the film stars Anthony Mackie as a life coach and author who comes into contact with a troubled fan (Forest Whitaker) who dabbles in the spiritual world of Karma.  The pic looks to be a solid thriller with a touch of Misery, but this trailer feels like it gives away a good deal of the story.  The prospect of Whitaker and Mackie working together is certainly promising, so hopefully there are still plenty of twists and turns left unspoiled.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, and Nicole Ari ParkerRepentance opens February 28, 2014.

Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi Take on THE COBBLER; Lake Bell to Star Opposite Simon Pegg in MAN UP; William H. Macy Takes to STEALING CARS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi will join Tom McCarthy’s comedy, The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens and Method Man.
  • Lake Bell is set to star opposite Simon Pegg in director Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy, Man Up.
  • William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and John Leguizamo are among those who join the ensemble cast of Bradley Kaplan’s drama Stealing Cars.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

Over 45 High-Resolution Images from THE HANGOVER PART III

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Warner Bros. has released a bounty of high-resolution images from director Todd Phillips’ upcoming comedy sequel The Hangover Part III.  The film acts as the trilogy capper to the popular franchise, and finds Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked when a mysterious man (John Goodman) kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  These images tease the chaos that ensues, including the return of a more grown-up Carlos and stripper Jade (Heather Graham).

Hit the jump to check out all of the images, and if you missed our set visit coverage click here.  The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor, Melissa McCarthy, and Mike EppsThe Hangover Part III opens on May 23rd.

New Trailer and Posters for THE HANGOVER PART III Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for The Hangover Part III.  The first trailer almost made the movie look like an action flick, but now we’re getting a look at the comedy and the plot.  In the series’ final installment, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) are taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital, but the gang is side-trekked when a mysterious man (John Goodman) kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  There are some good laughs in here, so hopefully the trilogy will go out on a high note.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out a few new posters.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, John Goodman, Mike EppsMike Tyson, and Jeffrey Tambor.  The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th.

First Trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III

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The first trailer for director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III has been released.  Billed with the tagline “It All Ends”, and Stu threatening to burn Las Vegas to the ground, the trailer for Part III comes off more like an action movie than a comedy.  There are some jokes (the trailer closes with a great one), but more than anything, it looks like Warner Bros. is trying to push the idea that the trilogy’s conclusion won’t be a retread like The Hangover Part II.  Let’s hope so.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jamie Chung, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor and Melissa McCarthyThe Hangover Part III opens on May 24th.

Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Nina Simone Biopic, NINA; Kid Cudi Adds TWO NIGHT STAND; Jai Courtney Commits to FELONY

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Casting additions today are as follows:

  • Mike Epps (The Hangover) will portray comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, the Nina Simone biopic from writer/director Cynthia Mort that stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).
  • Hip hop artist, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi will join the indie rom-com, Two Night Stand, which marks the directorial debut of Max Nichols.
  • Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will star opposite Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) in Felony.  Matthew Seville (Noise) directs from Edgerton’s script.

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Sequel Casting Call: Mike Epps Returning for THE HANGOVER PART III; Neal McDonough in Talks to Join RED 2

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories regarding sequels to share today.  First up, Mike Epps in negotiations to reprise his role as “Black Doug” from The Hangover in director Todd Phillips’ upcoming sequel The Hangover Part III.  Original cast members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all set to return, and we recently learned that the debauchery will be taking place in Tijuana this time around.  Ken Jeong is coming back for an expanded role in the third pic, and Variety reports that Epps will be another returning favorite.  The Next Friday actor didn’t appear in The Hangover Part II, but he was great in his few scenes from the first film so this comes as welcome news.

Hit the jump for casting regarding the action sequel Red 2.

Anchor Bay Acquires MAC AND DEVIN GO TO HIGH SCHOOL with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa

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Anchor Bay Films has acquired the rights to Mac and Devin Go to High School, featuring rappers and hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.  The high school comedy features Khalifa as Devin, an overachieving academic type with Dogg playing the antithetical character, Mac, a 15th year senior who becomes infatuated with his substitute teacher.  When Devin struggles to write his valedictorian speech, citing lack of life experience, the two find a way to help each other out.  Mac and Devin Go to High School, directed by Dylan Brown (Boss’n Up) also stars Mike Epps (The Hangover), Andy Milonakis (Waiting), Affion Crocket (Never Back Down) and a voiceover from Mystikal. As long as Snoop brings his green hat, I’m sold. Hit the jump for more on the project.

First Trailer for SPARKLE Starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

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The first trailer for the remake of Sparkle has gone online. The story was inspired by the legendary female singing group The Supremes and stars Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter, and Carmen Ejogo as three sisters who start out singing at their local church, and go on to find great success—and troubles—as a Motown girl group. The film also sadly marks the final onscreen performance of Whitney Houston, as she plays the single mother of Sparks’ lead character. The period and Motown setting is ripe with possibilities, but the songs in this trailer seem a bit too modern to fit. This probably has something to do with the fact that R. Kelly wrote original songs for the film, but the story does show promise so I’ll hold off judgment until we’ve seen more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Cee-Lo Green, and Omari Hardwick. Sparkle opens on August 17th.

Whitney Houston in Talks to Join Mike Epps and Jordin Sparks in Sony’s SPARKLE Remake

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With Warner Bros.’ musical remake A Star Is Born getting pushed back indefinitely due to Beyoncé’s pregnancy, Sony Pictures is jumping all over the chance to put out its own music-centric redo. Variety reports that Whitney Houston is in talks to join both Mike Epps (The Hangover) and American Idol-winner Jordin Sparks in the studio’s remake of the 1976 music drama Sparkle. Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom) will direct the pic from a screenplay by his wife, Mara Brock Akil (writer/producer for ABC’s Cougar Town).

For those unfamiliar with the original, it was co-written by Joel Schumacher and followed the rise of an all-sister trio whose success wreaks havoc on their personal lives in the late 1950s. Per the report, Akil’s remake will be set during Motown’s rise in 1968 Detroit and will focus on the youngest of three sisters, a musically gifted youngster named Sparkle (Sparks) whose rise to fame is spattered with familial troubles. There is no word on which roles Epps and potentially Houston will be taking on but, with production on the remake set to begin next month, my guess is that more details will be available shortly.

Casting Call: Virginia Madsen in RED RIDING HOOD; Reid Scott in THE BIG C; Laz Alonso, Paula Patton, Angela Bassett Lead JUMPING THE BROOM

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Virginia Madsen has signed on to play mother to Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood, a “gothic horror reimagining” of the fairy tale.  This is director Catherine Hardwicke’s follow-up to the first entry in The Twilight Saga.  She’s working with a script from Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson, which (per Variety) is “set in a village haunted by a werewolf.”  Madsen and Seyfried will be joined  by Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie, and Gary Oldman on screen when March 11, 2011.

Hit the jump for casting details for the Showtime Laura Linney comedy The Big C and the wedding rom-com Jumping the Broom.

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