First WILD CARD Image, Poster, and International Trailer for Simon West’s New Action-Thriller Starring Jason Statham and from Screenwriter William Goldman

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Along with a U.K. poster and French trailer, Lionsgate has released the first Wild Card image online, and it could easily be from just about any other Jason Statham action-thriller.  That’s how much his movies blend together, although this one is particularly amusing in that his character’s name is Nick Wild.  That puts it one step above his previous action films that could have been improved by naming the characters Jerry Mechanic, Howard Homefront, Billy Safe, Jack Blitz, and so forth.  In Wild Card, Nick Wild (hoo-boy) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling addiction and lethal skills, but when he beats a mob boss’ son in an act of revenge, he must fight against the criminal underworld.

That sounds painfully generic, but here’s where it gets interesting: the film pairs Simon West—director of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and Stolen among other crappy movies (excluding Con Air)—and William Goldman, the writer of classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and The Princess Bride.  Goldman has kept busy with script doctor work, but this is his first credited screenplay since 2003′s abysmal Dreamcatcher.  I don’t know how much rewriting has been done on the Wild Card script, but this triumvirate of Statham, West, and Goldman could be too nuts to pass up.  Hit the jump for the image, U.K. poster, and French trailer.  Wild Card opens January 30, 2015, and also stars Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci.

Disney and William Goldman Teaming Up for THE PRINCESS BRIDE Musical

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A musical adaptation of The Princess Bride is finally coming to the stage, courtesy of our entertainment overlords at Disney.  The studio—which seems to be behind nearly every majorly successful piece of media these days—has struck a deal to team up with The Princess Bride author and screenwriter William Goldman to develop a stage musical version of the classic story.  Goldman originally developed a musical iteration of The Princess Bride a few years ago before financial disputes put an end to the project.  None of that material will be used in this new version, but given that Disney gave us the wonderful stage adaptation of The Lion King, I think it’s safe to say The Princess Bride is in good hands.  Hit the jump for more.

Simon West to Direct Jason Statham in HEAT

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We previously announced that action star Jason Statham (The Transporter) would be starring in Heat, and it looks like director Simon West (Con Air) is also on board.  Around the time of Statham’s attachment, Brian De Palma (Scarface) was expected to direct, but now the remake looks to pair West and Statham once again; the director/actor duo have previously worked on The Mechanic and The Expendables 2.  When next they meet, it will be for Heat, a remake of the 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds as a bodyguard taking odd jobs to support his gambling addiction in Vegas.  Hit the jump to see how West and Statham plan on putting a modern spin on the film.

Jason Statham to Star in Brian De Palma’s New Adaptation of William Goldman’s Novel HEAT

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Brian De Palma is set to direct Jason Statham in a new adaptation of William Goldman‘s novel/screenplay Heat.  The action-thriller will have Statham (his role originally played by Burt Reynolds) playing a recovering gambling addict who works protection gigs to pay the bills.  He refuses to use guns in dealing with foes and resorts to using his fists and edged weapons (Statham-y!).  When his friend is beaten by a high-roller, he helps her get revenge, which puts him in even more danger.  I bet he’ll decide to pick up a gun at some point.

Considering that Statham only plays one character (gritty tough guy), it will be interesting to see if De Palma can get a different performance out of him or if the actor will simply be a tool for an exciting action flick.  The last De Palma flick to hit theaters was 2007′s Redacted, but he’s currently at work on the thriller Passion starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.  Statham will be seen later this year in Safe, The Expendables 2 and Parker.  Filming on Heat is set to begin in France in late 2012 or early 2013.  Hit the jump for the press release.

First Trailer for LOVE WEDDING MARRIAGE Starring Mandy Moore and Kellan Lutz

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IFC Films has debuted the trailer for Love, Wedding, Marriage, the directorial debut of Dermot Mulroney.  Mandy Moore stars as Ava, a newlywed marriage counselor who learns her parents (James Brolin and Jane Seymour) are getting divorced: “Ava sets out on a dangerous path to save her parents’ marriage at the expense of her own, manipulating loved ones to achieve her objectives.”  Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz plays Moore’s husband.  Jessica Szohr plays her sister.

Love, Wedding, Marriage premieres on demand May 1, followed by a limited release on June 3.


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the_princess_bride_movie_imageHas there ever been a movie with a less boy-friendly title than The Princess Bride? (I mean, no wonder a wary Fred Savage wrinkles his nose and asks, “Is this a kissing book?” when grandpa Peter Falk starts to read.) It’s something of a miracle that the younger me — two months shy of my tenth birthday — even saw it as a kid, but as memory serves, I was there on opening weekend, and now, with all the sophistication and insight that supposedly accompanies my decade-plus of experience as a film critic, The Princess Bride remains the one film I’d salvage in a desert-island scenario. Not Raiders, not Star Wars, but this, a mushy “kissing” movie.

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