May 04, 2014

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“Underworld” leads the weekend box office after Friday

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The fourth “Underworld” leads the weekend box office now that Friday’s estimates have rolled in. The sequel, which stars Kate Beckinsale as the hunter Selene, earned an estimated $9.4 million to top the expected box office Top 10, according to THR.
“Red Tails,” Anthony Hemingway’s historical take on the struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen, did better than expected by pulling in $6M on Friday. The George Lucas-produced drama could be looking at a $17M weekend, and word of mouth could help it for the next few weeks. THR says it received an “A” from CinemaScore.
Elsewhere, Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” expanded to 2,500+ theaters this weekend, hoping to build on its Oscar buzz ahead of Tuesday’s nominations. The drama, which uses 9/11 as a narrative point, stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and CCMA-winner Thomas Horn as a special needs boy coping with the loss of his father in the wake of our national tragedy.
“Loud” nabbed $3.2M on Friday, eyeing a $10M opening.
That’s better than Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” which opened to $2.9M on Friday but earned a “D+” from CinemaScore. What the what?!
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Indie Spirit noms are coming Nov. 29 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
As previously announced, the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The premiere broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.
Bios on each actor, from a release:
Anthony Mackie was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama and was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” He made his film debut in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile and proceeded to garner roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City and She Hate Me, Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. Mackie earned Film Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ Brother to Brother. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson, Freedomland, Heaven’s Fall, Crossover and We Are Marshall. Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie continues to perform in several plays, which include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King’s modern re-telling of Chekhov’s “the Seagull,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Soldier’s Play,” and Martin McDonough’s “A Behanding in Spokane.” In 2009, he starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, which earned him a Film Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male. 2009 also saw Mackie revisit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious and he was in Dreamworks’ Eagle Eye. Mackie recently starred in Night Catches Us alongside Kerry Washington, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman. He will next be seen in Man on a Ledge, Ten Year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad.
English actress Kate Beckinsale is revealing herself to be one of films’ most versatile and charismatic actresses. She first gained notice in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, then subsequently appeared in Cold Comfort Farm, The Last Days of Disco, Brokedown Palace and Shooting Fish. She then moved on to star in Disney’s epic Pearl Harbor, followed by Serendipity, Laurel Canyon, Van Helsing and the hit vampire tales Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Beckinsale also [...]

“Underworld: Awakening” has a new trailer

HollywoodNews.com: After a detour into ‘new director’ and ‘new star’ prequel land, it appears that the Underworld series is returning to its.. uh… roots? Anyway, Kate Beckensale and director Len Wiseman are back, for those of you who care about such things. I will say that I saw this trailer before Fright Night and the 3D work was pretty solid, and the images were suitably brightened up so you could actually see what was going on (unlike Fright Night, which was like watching a VHS copy-of-a-copy taped off of an antenna-feed UHF airing). The film also looks like it has been shot with the brightest blue filter ever created for cinema. I had not seen any of the Underworld films until just a couple months ago.

How bad is the first Underworld? Well, not only is it an insanely long 134 minutes, it was so dull and uninspired that I have thus far resisted my OCD-completest urge to rent the rest of the franchise. It’s hard, strolling through Blockbuster with my mail-order DVD/Blu Ray rental… with the other two films in the franchise just sitting there on the shelf. I have thus far resisted, and hopefully I can stay strong. If you’ve seen any of the sequels, are they worse than the original? Anyway, this one comes out January 20th, 2012. As always, we’ll see. Well, you’re see. I certainly will not see.
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“Total Recall” remake adds Bill Nighy to cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” remake continues to take shape.
The sci-fi action thriller, which casts Colin Farrell as a factory worker who begins to suspect he’s a spy in a futuristic society, just added Bill Nighy to its growing cast, THR reports. The Brit will play Quatto, the infamous leader of the resistance. Nighy’s a regular player in Wiseman’s ensemble, having participated in the “Underworld” series. He’ll join Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and Jessica Biel in the film, which reportedly begins shooting in Toronto next month.
“Recall,” of course, was a very popular vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger. At one point, it was believed a cameo from the former Governator would be worth its weight in gold. Now it would probably tarnish a promising production.
The “Recall” remake will be in theaters next year.
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Kate Beckinsale offered “Total Recall” role?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Could Kate Beckinsale be joining Colin Farrell in the planned remake of “Total Recall?”
It makes sense, as Beckinsale’s husband, Len Wiseman, is on tap to direct. And now the word this morning states that Beckinsale has been offered the role of Lori, a part played by Sharon Stone in the original Arnold Schwarzenegger version, Deadline reports.
The site goes on to report that Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson “are the serious contenders” for the film’s other female role, Melina.
Beckinsale’s currently filming the latest “Underworld,” but she should be finished in time to jump into “Recall.” Sony Pictures is producing the releasing the remake, which would be in theaters in 2012.
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‘Underworld 4′ gets some Swedish flavor

HollywoodNews.com: Swedish directing combo Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein are in talks to helm “Underworld 4” with Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as vampire warrior Selene.
Screen Gems will release the film and Lakeshore Entertainment will produce.
“Underworld 4” is set to shoot in Vancouver in March. John Hlavin wrote the script with revisions by J. Michael Straczynski.
Marlind and Stein recently directed the U.K. thriller “Shelter” which stars Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film has yet to unspool in the U.S.
A number of Swedish films have been invading the box office in recent years, i.e. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Snabba cash” and “Let the Right One In.” In many cases, English-remakes of such fare have been fast tracked into production, i.e. Fincher will deliver the U.S. take on “Dragon Tattoo” next Christmas and vampire teen drama “Let Me In” recently made $12 million at the B.O.
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Kate Beckinsale’s “Underworld” sequel moves back to 2012

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is why I always use pencil on my release-date calendar. Studios insist on shifting dates right up until the time a movie opens. Am I right, “Going the Distance?”
Screen Gems announced that the fourth “Underworld” will not hit theaters January 2012, as opposed to the previously stated Sept. 23, 2011 date, according to ComingSoon. This, of course, begs the question, “Did you know they were planning a fourth ‘Underworld’ movie?” Because I sure didn’t.
Fans of the vampire series will be pleased to learn that Kate Beckinsale reportedly is returning to the series, though, to play Seline. She last tried on the skin-tight leather for the 2006 sequel “Underworld: Evolution,” but then tried her hand at more dramatic roles (she was excellent in “Snow Angels,” “Nothing But the Truth” and “Everything’s Fine”). Maybe she missed wielding stakes and firing hand cannons, though, so she’s potentially heading back to “Underworld.”
No word on if Beckinsale’s husband Len Wiseman, the original “Underworld” director, will follow her. He has been linked to a “Total Recall” remake, as well as a big-screen adaptation of the blockbuster video game “Gears of War.”
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Len Wiseman in final negotiations to direct ‘Total Recall’

HollywoodNews.com: Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct Columbia Pictures’ “Total Recall,” it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be a new, contemporized adaptation of “Total Recall,” which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Kurt Wimmer is writing the screenplay. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.
Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “Len has an incredible love of the genre and a great gift for action. He’ll bring a contemporary feel to the film while taking care with everything we love about Philip K. Dick’s original story.”
Moritz said, “I have been trying for years to work with Len and fortunately we finally found a great project that he loves as much as we do. Len is terrifically talented and we know he is the right director to re-imagine Total Recall for a new generation of fans.”
Wiseman added, “I’ve always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick’s short story, and I’m excited at that prospect of diving even deeper into the type of world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul.”
Toby Jaffe will oversee production on behalf of Original Film. Tolmach and Sam Dickerman are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. Columbia Pictures secured the rights to Total Recall from Miramax. Wiseman is represented by ICM and attorney Howard Abramson.
Len Wiseman began his career in the art department on the blockbuster films “Godzilla,” “Stargate,” “Men in Black,” and “Independence Day.” With his natural visual flair and eye for design, he was soon behind the lens directing commercials for PlayStation, Time Warner, Oracle, Intel and Activision, which quickly lead to a career in music videos, working with such artists as Quarashi, Rufus Wainwright, Megadeath, En Vogue, Static X, Paul Oakenfold, and Brooke Allison.
Wiseman went on to write and direct “Underworld,” which was so well received that he went on to direct “Underworld: Evolution,” a film he also executive produced. He went on to produce “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.” His next directing project was the blockbuster hit “Live Free or Die Hard.”
He most recently directed the pilot for “Hawaii Five-O” and is co-writer and producer of the upcoming [...]