March 26, 2013 |
Georges St. Pierre's next opponent will be his toughest one yet: Captain America. St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has been cast as villain Batroc the Leaper in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", the sequel to the 2011 hit "Captain America: The First Avenger. " Captain America fans will recognize Batroc as one of the iconic foes for Cap. He is a French mercenary who specializes in savate, a form of kickboxing.
August 1, 2013 |
"Tiny Times 2," a sequel to China's box office hit about four fashion-conscious girlfriends, will get a North American release starting Aug. 16. The first film, based on a series of popular young adult novels by author Guo Jingming, became a box office hit in China, grossing more than $80 million there this summer since opening in late June. Trounced by critics, "Tiny Times" also sparked a controversy for its pro-consumerist portrayal of modern Chinese life. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 North American distributor China Lion released "Tiny Times" in theaters in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver on July 26. The sequel, which opens in mainland China Aug. 9, continues the story of the first movie's four main characters "as they move up the corporate ladder in the high-paced fashion world and deal with their personal lives and loves," according to a press release issued by China Lion.
August 1, 2013 |
"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" -- the stage sequel to the "The Laramie Project" -- will have its Los Angeles debut run in September at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center in Hollywood. The play revisits the citizens of Laramie, Wyo., where Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten to death in 1998. The "Laramie" sequel debuted in 2009 and has since been performed throughout the country. (The play had its Orange County premiere run in April at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim Hills.)
May 14, 2012 |
Often film sequels are slam dunks at the box office, a seamless continuation from where a previous hit left off. But as the new installment of the 15-year-old franchise "Men in Black" proves, getting to the big screen isn't always a cakewalk. One of the most troubled productions in recent Hollywood memory, Sony Pictures' latest movie in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi-comedy franchise encountered multiple script rewrites, a discontented star and a three-month production shutdown as writers and studio executives scrambled to fix a project that nearly fell apart . By the time it was over, the studio had run up a tab of nearly $250 million - making "Men in Black 3" one of the most expensive releases of the summer.
September 28, 2012 |
Director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield are suiting back up for another chapter in "The Amazing Spider-Man," which grossed $261 million domestically this summer. The duo responsible for rebooting the successful franchise just five years after the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy closed up shop in 2007 will resume production in early 2013. They will be working off a screenplay from Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. Sony Pictures announced the film's 3-D release date of May 2, 2014, back in April, months before it had locked in its director and star.
January 8, 2014 |
We all know that Ray Allen still has game. But does Jesus Shuttlesworth? Allen, who currently plays for the Miami Heat and starred in the 1998 movie "He Got Game" as Shuttlesworth, said he and filmmaker Spike Lee have been in talks over the last couple of months about a potential sequel. "Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday before playing the New Orleans Pelicans. "But it's something we've been talking about for the last couple months.
May 16, 2013 |
The "Star Trek" movie series has lived long at the box office. But is it time for Captain Kirk and Spock to really prosper? "Star Trek Into Darkness," the second J.J. Abrams-directed installment in the science-fiction franchise, debuted in a handful of theaters late Wednesday evening and has since collected $3.3 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. The movie launched at 8 p.m. in 336 IMAX locations, because 30 minutes of the film was shot on IMAX cameras.
July 17, 2013 |
Syfy may have announced plans for a follow-up to its viral hit "Sharknado" on Wednesday, but screenwriter Thunder Levin hasn't heard if he'll be asked back to write the sequel. Levin spoke with The Times for a live video chat on Wednesday and revealed that neither he nor "Sharknado" director Anthony Ferrente have heard from producers about the just-announced sequel. Levin did say that he initially turned down the writing project, which had been called "Shark Storm" and was nowhere nearly as outrageous.
August 4, 2013 |
As has been thoroughly documented, the past decade or so has not been easy for independent musicians, particularly for those with a taste for venturing outside typical bounds of rock and pop. Consider producer-musician Chris Schlarb, who at 36 years old has a wife, two kids and a full-time job as a short-haul truck driver that carries him around Southern California. “I've been working there off and on for about 10 years and what I've found is it ... allows me to think about music all day,” Schlarb said, speaking by phone while driving home in Long Beach.
June 18, 2013 |
Guillermo del Toro, director of the forthcoming sci-fi picture "Pacific Rim," had a very specific set of parameters for the movie's visuals. For starters, the filmmaker, whose directing credits include "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy," knew what he didn't want the movie to resemble. “I didn't want the movie to look or feel like an action movie of the summer … basically looking like a car commercial or a recruitment video for the Army,” said del Toro, speaking at an event for reporters in Hollywood on Tuesday morning hosted by "Pacific Rim" producer Legendary Entertainment.