Way back in 2014, Frank Grillo signed on to star in an American remake of the face-melting Indonesian action hit The Raid. The following year, the project attracted Taylor Kitsch, who — along with director Patrick Hughes and Screen Gems — subsequently dropped out, leaving the future of the remake uncertain at best. But today brings good news for fans of Grillo who’ve been hoping to see the career tough guy pummel his way through a high-rise packed with criminals — The Raid is back on, this time with an even better director.
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There are different lines of thinking when it comes to putting up your Christmas tree — some families wait until the day after Thanksgiving, some until the first day of December. In recent years, I’ve taken to waiting until the first Love Actually hot take inevitably hits the internet. 14 years later, the critical debate over Richard Curtis’ festive rom-com has become a holiday tradition in its own right, and now we’re getting even more Love Actually to love…or hate.
Chris Sarris is a normal dude from Cleveland, Ohio. Co-workers describe him as “the guy in the office that says ‘This is what we did’ when giving a presentation to the boss, even though he did all the work.” Chris also has a bit of a secret: He played Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The publicity circuit isn’t what it used to be. Actors, writers, and directors now regularly take to Reddit to hawk their latest project with an AMA, an open Q&A sesh with the many denizens of the internet. By giving the floor to the people, AMAs tend to cover a wider breadth of topics than the usual formal interview, and tease out little bits of trivia that otherwise go unmentioned. Gore Verbinski, currently drumming up support for his madhouse horror flick A Cure for Wellness, made an appearance on Reddit and fielded a diverse array of inquiries, one of which shed a little light on his lost Bioshock project.
Stephen King fans know the number 237 from its appearance in The Shining, where it was the room number of a particularly dangerous corner of the Overlook Hotel. But did you know 237 also appears in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption. Morgan Freeman’s Red resides in Cell #237 in the Shawshank Prison. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
There are few films that scare me as much as The Ring remake scared me the first time I saw it, and the second, and the third. Director Gore Verbinski has knack for crafting menacing atmospheres with stylish visuals, and after The Ring I was afraid to look at TV screens and was disturbed by the mere appearance of Brian Cox in a movie (and once when I saw him in real life). Verbinski brings a similar palette of ominous visuals and eerie tones to A Cure for Wellness, his latest about a spa for the uber-wealthy. The psychological horror thriller isn’t as sharp or as terrifying as The Ring, but its one of the nuttiest and most original horror movies a major studio has produced in years.
“It’s like Me Before You meets Bubble Boy.” While I am confident that this is not how things went down in the pitch meeting for the upcoming young-adult-geared romance Everything, Everything, the description’s still fundamentally accurate. Amandla Stenberg (a rising star with credits in The Hunger Games, Birth of a Nation, and Beyoncé’s Lemonade visuals on her CV) stars as Maddy, a #teen who has spent her entire life within the safe, climate-controlled confines of her tech’d-out home. And just as love eventually drew Jake Gyllenhaal out from his insulated plastic bubble, so too does a crushworthy hunk drive Maddy to venture out into the world. Will she say some snappy one-liner drawing a distinction between living and actually having a life? You bet she will!
As a lifelong journalist, Mark Boal has always been an accomplished chronicler of modern American war, but he only got famous for it when he took his act to the movies. Boal earned an Academy Award for writing The Hurt Locker and then scooped up a nomination a few years later when he re-teamed with Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. The partners-in-war-crime will reunite for a film set during the 1967 riots in Detroit, but you can’t keep Boal away from hot-button geopolitical issues for long. Today brings the news that for his next trick, Boal will tackle what’s shaping up to be one of the greatest crises in American history.
Fighting With My Family, the movie starring Dwayne Johnson, written and directed by British comedian Stephen Merchant, and based on a documentary about a family of WWE wrestlers, is maybe the strangest movie in the works right now, besides whatever fresh hell Adam Sandler is cooking up for Netflix. Today, Johnson announced that none other than Vince Vaughn would be joining the cast of his new movie.
Thor: Ragnarok is possibly the most anticipated superhero movie of this year, and with director Taika Waititi at the helm, plus those hilarious shorts with Thor and his roommate Darryl, excitement is steadily building. This month’s Doctor Strange video release gave us a few new looks at the next movies on the MCU slate, including two pieces of fantastic concept art from Thor: Ragnarok.