Jai Courtney in Talks to Play Deadshot in SUICIDE SQUAD; Will Smith May Be Playing Captain Boomerang

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It seemed as though the packed nature of the cast for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a one-time thing, an easy way of introducing a large ensemble of DC Comics characters before focusing on smaller casts in subsequent films.  But that may not be the case exactly.  Over the past few months, the studio has been putting together the ensemble for Suicide Squad, the supervillain-filled DC Comics adaptation that will arrive in August 2016 after BvS opens the previous March, and it’s looking pretty stacked with talent already.  Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all in various stages of negotiations, with Robbie poised to play Harley Quinn and Jesse Eisenberg potentially set to appear as Lex Luthor, and we recently learned that Jared Leto is also in talks to play The Joker.

Now we know who Warner Bros. is looking at to play the Batman villain Deadshot, and it’s none other than Jai Courtney.  More after the jump, including which characters Smith and Hardy may be playing.

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie Close to Signing on for SUICIDE SQUAD

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Following Warner Bros.’ big announcement that Suicide Squad would be their first DC movie following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, word surfaced that the studio was courting Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, and Ryan Gosling to star.  The DC comic focuses on a group of supervillains who go on suicide missions in exchange for pardons.  None of these supervillains are household names.  There’s no Joker or Lex Luthor in the gang.  In the comics, the lineup has changed over the years, but last week, it was rumored that Deadshot, Harkness (a.k.a Captain Boomerang), Vixen, Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, and Mindblogger would comprise the squad with the first three acting as the leads.

A couple days ago when we reported that WB was going after Smith, Hardy, Robbie, and Gosling for the film, it seemed fairly audacious.  Now that audacity may have landed three of the four actors.  Hit the jump for more.  Suicide Squad is due out August 5, 2016.

Warner Bros. Courting Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie for SUICIDE SQUAD

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The superhero news just keeps on coming today.  Earlier this morning, Warner Bros. unveiled its full slate of DC Comics adaptations through the year 2020.  One of the more surprising revelations was that the superhero pic set to follow the release of the sure-to-be-massive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be Suicide Squad, with Fury and End of Watch helmer David Ayer set to direct.  That release date is set for August 5, 2016, and so as Ayer gets to work on the script, the studio is starting to think about casting—and boy are they aiming high.  The actors that are reportedly being courted to lead this new DC film are Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy.  More after the jump.

FOCUS Trailer: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Are Con Artists

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Warner Bros. has released the first Focus trailer for Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming “comedy-caper-love story”.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  I’m not exactly sure what to make of the film from this trailer.  It’s much more dramatic than I was expecting from its description as a comedy caper, and there seems to be a heavy amount of weight to the proceedings.  It’s too early to tell if the chemistry between Smith and Robbie is solid, but I imagine the quality of the film hinges on that fact alone.

Watch the first Focus trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie Are Con Artists in First FOCUS Images

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the first Focus images from Crazy, Stupid, Love. directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s upcoming “comedy-caper-love story”.  The film revolves around a seasoned con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who becomes romantically involved with Jess, a novice con artist (Margot Robbie), only to subsequently break things off when she gets too close for comfort.  Three years later, Jess—now an accomplished femme fatale—pops back into Nicky’s life, throwing his latest scheme into jeopardy.  This project has been around for some time and Ficarra and Requa were initially hoping to reunite Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles before they subsequently attached Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart.  Those two separately fell off, but then Smith came on and was eventually paired with Robbie.  It’s been a while since Smith tackled R-rated territory and Robbie broke out in a big way with The Wolf of Wall Street, so I’m definitely curious to see how their chemistry stacks up. We should find out soon enough, as I imagine a trailer will be arriving shortly.

Take a look at the first Focus images after the jump.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaneyFocus opens in theaters on February 27, 2015.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Jared Leto in Early Talks to Replace Will Smith in BRILLIANCE

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A few weeks ago, Will Smith dropped out of the sci-fi thriller Brilliance.  The film is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where one percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith was set to play a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  Noomi Rapace is on board to co-star as “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”

Today, THR is reporting that Jared Leto is in early talks to replace Smith.  After taking a six-year break from acting to focus on his music career, Leto returned to acting and picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.  Since then, he’s remained silent on his follow-up project although he has been rumored for as a possible candidate to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s odd to think that Jared Leto’s next movie could be such a big deal, but when you’re following up an Oscar win, choices matter even more.  Just ask Cuba Gooding Jr.

Will Smith Eyes Football Concussion Picture for Writer-Director Peter Landesman

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After recently dropping out of Julius Onah’s Brilliance, Will Smith’s schedule is pretty open.  Sure, he’s got a few announced films, including a Hancock sequel and a third installment of Bad Boys, but his original film slate is pretty empty.  Enter an untitled picture from writer-director Peter Landesman, who adapted the GQ article, “Game Brain.”  The Ridley Scott-produced picture set up at Sony is described as “a drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on our sports heroes, and the role that league owners play in allowing it to happen.”  Hit the jump for more on Smith’s potential role.

Will Smith Drops Out of BRILLIANCE

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Will Smith appeared ready to commit to Brilliance as his next project.  Earlier in the month, Noomi Rapace entered talks to co-star and director Julius Onah was gearing up to start shooting this summer.  Smith has instead thrown a wrench in Legendary and Universal’s plans by deciding to drop out.  According to Deadline, “the exit came down to timing.”  The report does not specify, so I wonder which of Smith’s countless projects takes priority if the actor does film something in the coming months.  Smith will next be seen as a grifter in the February 2015 release, Focus.

David Koepp‘s Brilliance script is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name that takes place in a world where one percent of the public (called “brilliants”) are born with heightened cognitive abilities.  Brilliance is the first in a planned trilogy.  Read the book description after the jump.

Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in BRILLIANCE; Octavia Spencer Joins DIVERGENT Sequel INSURGENT

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It appears that Will Smith has committed to his next project.  THR reports that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, firming up the pic as Smith’s next film.  Scripted by David Koepp (War of the Worlds), the film is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where one percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith plays a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  Rapace will play “a tattooed and pierced brilliant identified as a terrorist by the government.”  Julius Onah is directing the Legendary/Universal film, and production is looking to begin this summer.

Hit the jump for a major casting development concerning the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Jerry Bruckheimer Gives Updates on BAD BOYS 3 and NATIONAL TREASURE 3; Says They Just Received the First Act of NATIONAL TREASURE 3

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Few others can rival the sheer magnitude of franchises that Jerry Bruckheimer has under his belt.  Not only is he behind immensely popular film series like Pirates of the Caribbean, but he’s also the shepherd of the long-running TV shows CSI and The Amazing Race.  While we know that future installments in the Pirates series and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise are firmly in the works, a couple of other lucrative franchises remain in a state of uncertainty.

We recently spoke with Bruckheimer at WonderCon in anticipation of the upcoming horror film Deliver Us from Evil, and during the course of the conversation, the producer gave updates on the status of Bad Boys 3 and National Treasure 3.  He revealed the reason why Bad Boys 3 has been so difficult to get going, and disclosed that he actually just received a draft for the first act of National Treasure 3.  Hit the jump to read his full comments.

Sony Picks up Rights to Max Brooks’ Upcoming Graphic Novel, THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS

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Max Brooks’ last adaptation to hit the screen – World War Z – ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars.  Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they’ve picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters.  Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit.  Hit the jump for more.

Full List of Oscar Presenters Announced; Includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, and Michael B. Jordan

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After a slow roll-out of announcements that began a few weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the full list of presenters for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards ceremony.  As expected, there are plenty of previous winners poised to make appearances, including all four of last year’s acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway), as well as some members of “young Hollywood” to appeal to the younger viewers (Anna Kendrick, Michael B. Jordan, Emma Watson, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum).  On the “legends” side of things, we can also look forward to seeing presentations from Sidney Poitier and Bill Murray.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full list of presenters, and if you missed our latest Oscar-themed episode of our podcast The Collision, click here.  The Oscars will air on ABC this Sunday, March 2nd.

Will Smith in Early Talks to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller BRILLIANCE

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Will Smith’s last two starring roles were for sci-fi oriented films (After Earth and Men in Black 3), and it appears that the actor is keen on continuing that trajectory for his next project.  The Wrap reports that Smith is in early talks to star in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, which is being developed as a potential tentpole for Legendary and Universal.  The pic is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where once percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.”  Smith would play a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another “brilliant” who is bent on igniting a civil war.  David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) penned the screenplay, and Julius Onah (God Particle) is set to direct.  Onah is also developing a separate sci-fi project for Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot.

Smith seems like a solid choice to lead this kind of high-concept thriller, and his attachment would certainly put the film on the fast track towards production.  The actor will next be seen onscreen opposite Margot Robbie in the con man pic Focus, which opens next February.  Read a synopsis for Sakey’s Brilliance after the jump.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Begins with a Slew of Cameos and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith

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Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show.  It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning.  For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986.  Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.

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