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With Nas marking the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic’ later this year, a half-hour series project loosely based on his life as a hip hop artist in the 1990s is getting off the ground with a deal at XBox Entertainment Studios. Titled ‘Street Dreams,’ the project, from Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment (The Place Beyond The Pines), is set in the 1990s in the Queensbridge housing complex, where Nas grew up, and takes a look at music, family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game.
‘Street Dreams’ is being written/directed by Jonathan Levine, who also grew up in New York, spending his formative years in the 1990s. New York in the 90s was the backdrop for his coming of age feature ‘The Wackness,’ winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Levine’s previous projects also include ’50/50′ and ‘Warm Bodies.’ ‘Street Dreams’ is now being developed, with Nas – my favorite hip hop artist of all-time – involved in the writing and music. His manager, Anthony Seleh, executive produces with Patricof, Howell and Levine.
With the release of the film on the horizon, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this batch of clips from Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, ‘Winter’s Tale’ follows the story of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). Peter Lake is a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. The film also co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. ‘Winter’s Tale’ opens on February 14th in the US and February 21st in the UK.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.
Just last week Marc Webb has confirmed on his Twitter account that B.J. Novak will indeed be playing the villainous Alistair Smythe (aka Ultimate Spider Slayer) in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Today the rather excellent ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ viral website, The Daily Bugle, has been updated with a new post directly related to Novak’s character, titled ”Rats Leaving A Sinking Ship”. Check out the post below.
Within a week of the announcement that the NYPD and the District Attorney’s Office had opened an investigation into illegal activities and questionable medical practices at Manhattan’s Oscorp Industries, sources indicate several of their top scientists have been asked to leave.
With the film’s first trailer set to hit the web tomorrow. EuropaCorp has unveiled the first poster for ‘Brick Mansions,’ one of final films completed by Paul Walker before he tragically died in November. Opening on April 25th, ‘Brick Mansions’ is an English-language reboot of the 2004 French film ‘District B13.’ The new film marks the directorial debut of renowned editor Camille Delamarre, whose recent editing credits include ‘Taken 2′ and ‘Transporter 3.’ David Belle (who co-founded the Parkour movement) reprises his role from the original French film, while RZA co-stars alongside Paul Walker.
‘Brick Mansions’ is set in a dystopian Detroit, where abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.
Deadline are reporting that Relativity has optioned the Ron Chernow book, ‘Titan: The Life Of John D. Rockefeller’ and will develop a feature on America’s first billionaire for Lasse Hallstrom to direct. The script will be written by Craig Borten, who is Oscar-nominated for Dallas Buyers Club.
The patriarch of one of the country’s richest families, John D. Rockefeller was ruthless in building Standard Oil, and spent 30 years dodging investigations into his business tactics until Teddy Roosevelt took him on. Rockefeller also turned into a philanthropist who gave away most of his fortune.Lasse Hallstrom sparked to telling the story of “the first Rockefeller, John D., and his rise to fame and fortune.”
Out and about on the promotional rounds for ‘RoboCop,’ Gary Oldman shared with MTV some new details about both his character and the plot of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ reprises his role as Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ which is released in cinemas on July 11th. The sequel also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Jocko Sims, and Judy Greer. Check out Oldman’s comments below (minor spoilers).