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Here comes another reboot, folks! This time around it’s the 1989 Patrick Swayze-starring action flick, Roadhouse. But, as much as Hollywood likes their reboots these days, they’ve decided to make this one a bit different. Instead of bringing on the next big dude that can kick ass and take names, they’re going with a female lead to replace Swayze’s bouncer role. And the lady of choice is none-other-than ass-kicking MMA fighter, Ronda Rousey. (more…)

‘Wargames’ Reboot Picks Up Director and Writer

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Some of you may remember a movie from way back when by the name of Wargames. Originally starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy and a host of second-stringers, it became a bit of a cult classic due to its statement on the 80s hot-button issue of nuclear war. Now, MGM is setting up to bring a new version of Wargames to the big screen. The first step in that process is, of course, to secure a writer and a director, which, sources say, has been accomplished. Read on to see what names MGM has gone with. (more…)

Sam Mendes WILL Return to Direct Bond 24

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And after months of headaches and indecision over who’d be directing the next James Bond flick, where rumors of everyone from Christopher Nolan to Nicholas Winding Refn, we can now confirm it’ll be a return to the directors chair for Sam Mendes. Both he and Daniel Craig are back for Bond 24, in what will hopefully be one smashing follow-up to Skyfall.

Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever, earning $1.1 billion worldwide, and of course Sony and MGM want to repeat that! Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today made the announcement of Mendes’ return after months of being resigned to the fact Mendes’ schedule was simply too busy. In fact, back in March we were convinced Mendes was out of the running to direct the next 007 flick because as he himself confirmed it was, “a very difficult decision,” to choose not to return.

Time makes liars of us all, doesn’t it? So Mendes is back, Craig is back, screenwriter John Logan will also be back, and all we can hope for is lightening to strike twice. Hit the jump for the full press release. Are you excited to hear Mendes gets another crack at Bond, or were you hoping for a fresh take?

Source: Deadline

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The Tomb Raider franchise has been out of the movie business for near ten years now, which is about the aging time it takes before Hollywood looks at a property and tries to recycle it for lack of new ideas.  With the recent release of a popular new title in the Tomb Raider video game series, it looks like this reboot may finally be coming to fruition.

GK Films, the company that grabbed the film rights up in 2011, will be joining forces with MGM to create a new Tomb Raider for a new generation.  And the old generation too, of course, since we’re still around and haven’t really aged that much since the last flick.

Sorry folks, but there’s no info on what to expect and certainly no names attached to the project yet.  We can only warn you that it is coming.

 

Thanks to /film for the warning.

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Tommy Wirkola did a great job directing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. The movie was full of action packed fun and the stars, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, had great chemistry on screen, but somehow it never captured the American movie going audience’s attention .

Renner’s run with The Avengers and  The Bourne Legacy were thought by the producers, to be a draw for the re-imagined fairy tale, but instead, Witch Hunters got panned by critics and grossed at what best could be called modest $205 million dollars in worldwide box office earnings. So what we can only conclude was a drunken sugar binge decision by Paramount and MGM, a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel is on the way.

The decision for a sequel may be due to the film reaching the $200 million dollar mark, but Deadline has confirmed that a number of the film’s producers expected a much bigger return, producers including Beau Flynn, comedian Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. Currently there’s no plot , no title, and no time-frame for shooting the sequel, and even the return of writer-director Wirkola and stars Jeremy and Gemma are still up in the air. Seeing as the film didn’t do as good as their respective studios thought it would, the idea of doing sequel might be a bit of a turn off for the film’s stars.

Perhaps they can still pull it off when the movie is released and profits from the Blu-ray and DVD sales are added to the mix. Until then it’s best to keep an open mind, but this could easily end up as a straight to DVD feature starring Thomas Mann‘s sidekick character before you know it.

Source: /Film

 

To someone who’s hardcore into all the various technical aspects their movies, a “cinefile” by definition, any new technology or filming technique is just a fad, until it is used enough times to make it the new standard in the industry.

So when Peter Jackson announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it’s subsequent sequels, would be shot in High Frame Rate 3D regular moviegoers (non cinefiles) shouted a collective “What the hell is High Frame Rate 3D?”

HFR 3D is a process where by shooting a movie in 48 frames per second rather than the film industry standard 24, a movie using HFR has less motion blur and increased clarity, much like a new television with a high refresh rate. This may still have you scratching your head at a the mere thought, but Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line crafted a neat little “cheat sheet” to any questions you might have about HFR 3D.

Check out the full guide in following the jump:
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Last week, we kind of bummed you all out with the news that Hugh Laurie would not be part of Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop reboot. We know it sucks, as Hugh would have been a really kick ass villain, but this week MGM and Sony pulled an ace out of their sleeves.

In an announcement via Deadline, Michael Keaton has stepped up and will replace Laurie as Raymond Sellars, the evil and ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp. Yes, mother f-ing Batman is going to be in a Robocop movie and it’s already making this film that much more awesome. Honestly, having a Batman instead of a doctor is a great move for the studio and should be accepted with open arms by the fans.

Michael will join Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Kenneth Williams and Marianne Jean-Baptiste when shooting begins in the near future. As for how Keaton will play the villain remains to be seen, but we kind of hope it’s like Ken in Toy Story 3.

“In RoboCop,  the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex�s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.”

RoboCop hits theaters everywhere August 9th, 2013.

Source: Coming Soon

There’s some new details about the currently in production The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold. The news comes directly from the Facebook page for the movie, but don’t get your hopes up. The page is depressingly lacking in anything besides the brief description below.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

The page is only six days old, but one would think that the Hollywood powers that be a MGM could at least put up a post a day with some little tidbit, that’s how you build an audience. The page doesn’t even have the above approved and released to the Internet teaser poster above. It has the much lamer:

There was an additional nugget of casting news to be found buried in the page’s basic information section. Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will be costarring with Jackman. This could only be the much rumored and talked about role of Viper. At least that casting was settled before the production begins shooting in Japan.

Hugh Jackman recently talked with Total Film Magazine about the movie and what fans could expect.

“We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

Lord of Kobol let it be so . . . SO SAY WE ALL ! ! !

The first movie had elements that sang and more that really tweaked off long time Wolverine fans, let’s not even talk about Deadpool. The script is based on the 1982 four issue mini series created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller. That’s a great read if you haven’t already enjoyed the book. The Wolverine hits theaters on July 26th, 2013, and also co-stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee.

Go ahead, lie down on the couch and tell your fellow NerdBastards all your feelings about the first Wolverine movie and your hopes and dreams concerning The Wolverine in the comments section below.