The scriptwriting pair behind Ridley Scott's upcoming epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is now part of the effort to get Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed" franchise onto the big screen. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who have worked together on "Tower Heist," "Accepted" and a pre-production "Transporter 4," have their plates full with "The Maccabee" for Darren Aronofsky ("Noah," "The Fountain"), having completed writing duties on his George Washington biopic "The General." In addition, Cooper and Collage are already attached to an adaptation of Gilbert King's Pulitzer-winning civil rights thriller "Devil in the Grove," as Deadline reports. But Ubisoft and New Regency have put "Assassin's Creed" on a fast track schedule, with an August 2015 debut planned, and the writing pair could yet reunite with "Tower Heist" helmer Daniel Espinosa should his rumored participation come to pass.
With Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reinstated in lead roles, a sequel to 2010's "The Karate Kid" reboot is in the works with Breck Eisner in the director's chair. Eisner's first theatrical feature bombed, with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and William H. Macy taking lead roles in 2005's "Sahara."
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.
"The Sinister Six," a feature-length look at some of Spider-Man's notable villains, looks like it'll be not just written but also directed by "Cabin in the Woods" man Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote nine episodes of "Lost" over its first four seasons and also had writing credits on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Alias" (including its 100th and final episodes) before making the jump to movies. Having scripted Matt Reeves's "Cloverfield," he then directed and co-wrote the acclaimed satirical horror "Cabin in the Woods" with Joss Whedon, who produced, and provided a reshaped script for Brad Pitt hit "World War Z" before applying his penmanship to "The Sinister Six." Goddard's directorial appointment comes after the formation of a specialist "Spider-Man" cabal of writers and producers within Sony Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom. Megaupload, which U.S. authorities shuttered in 2012, facilitated a "massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows," according to a statement issued by the Motion Picture Association of America on Monday. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all MPAA members, are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Disney Enterprises Inc, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. "Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Steven Fabrizio, an attorney for the MPAA, said in the statement.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 2012 massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others hurt in one of the deadliest outbursts of U.S. gun violence in decades. Holmes' public defenders argued that the glare of publicity, including voluminous commentary and reporting on evidence ruled inadmissible at trial, would make it impossible to seat an impartial jury in Arapahoe County.
After a record-breaking weekend at the box office, Marvel's "Captain America" series will return for a third installment on May 6, 2016, Walt Disney Co said on Monday. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger," stormed the U.S. and Canadian box office with $96.2 million in its opening weekend, setting a record for an April film release. The films, based on the Marvel comics, star Chris Evans as a scrawny World War II reject who gains super-powers from an experimental serum and becomes America's first superhero, donning a suit of stars and stripes. The success of "Captain America" follows Disney's long line of recent hits from the Marvel universe, led by Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man," Chris Hemsworth's "Thor" and 2012's superhero ensemble "The Avengers," which became the third-biggest film in Hollywood history with $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Rooney might be best remembered for his ceaseless ups and downs, his dramatic failures and his many comebacks. But Rooney's roller-coaster melodrama — he was married eight times and quickly spent the fortune he amassed — wouldn't have mattered if he hadn't also had genuine, enduring talent.
Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is in the frame to become the villain of James Bond film number 24, directed by Sam Mendes. Ejiofor, who received multiple nominations for his performance as Solomon Northrup in "12 Years a Slave," has been named as frontrunner for the position by sources in contact with TheWrap. Sam Mendes directed Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw in the previous Bond film, "Skyfall," and will do so again for the next outing, while Ejiofor is part of the ensemble cast in action movie "Triple Nine," expected 2015;
Richard Donner told a street reporter that a "Goonies" sequel is in the works, though other outlets have cast doubt upon the claim. "We're doing a sequel," he said, in reponse to a number of questions from TMZ, having deflected a few jibes about the creative merits of comic book movies. "'The Goonies' never had the same mass appeal or brand recognition [as 'Ghostbusters']," wrote Jeff Sneider, reminding readers that "talk is a lot cheaper than making an actual movie." And even if, in 2012, Sean Astin told IGN that he was "1000 percent certain there will be a sequel," co-star Corey Feldman responded to the same question with "Oh my god.
The actor will star in the forthcoming thriller from Eli Roth. The director known for horror flicks such as "Hostel" and "Cabin Fever" announced the news directly to Deadline.com. "Knock Knock" will focus on a happily married family man who has the house all to himself one weekend. Keanu Reeves will play this family man opposite Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas in the roles of the two femmes fatales.
Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States' biggest movie star while a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, died on Sunday of natural causes, Los Angeles authorities said. Rooney, who developed a reputation as a hard-partying, off-screen brat in his heyday and married eight times, died at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said, citing information from the Los Angeles Police Department. There was nothing he couldn't do," said actress Margaret O'Brien, who recently worked with Rooney on a film adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Actress Rose Marie, a long-time friend of Rooney, said he was one of the greatest talents show business had ever had. Actor William Shatner described him as "one of the greats," and author Anne Rice said he was not only an actor but a legend.
Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that "Star Wars Episode VII" has started filming, even if casting isn't totally complete. Though Horn would not confirm which actors had already been signed for J.J. Abrams's production, plenty have been linked with the seventh "Star Wars" film. Adam Driver ("Girls") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") have both been linked to the production, while several names have been mentioned in relation to a leading role: Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"), Ed Speleers ("Downton Abbey"), John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.