According to Deadline, Kevin Hart is signing on to star with NBA superstar LeBron James in the basketball comedy, ‘Ballers.’ Hart will first co-write the comedy along with his scripting teammates Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford. He’ll then star as a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. They’ll sign a director when Hart and his team turn in the script. The plan is to start production next summer when James has time off after the NBA season.
Kevin Hart is under 5’3″ while Lebron James is a towering 6’8.” That kind of sibling size differential hasn’t been seen since Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in another Universal Pictures comedy, ‘Twins.’ James has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back championships and won four MVP awards.
Universal Pictures and the ‘Fast & Furious’ team have put together this really sweet video tribute to Paul Walker, who tragically died over the weekend at the age of 40. Universal provided the following message with the video, “A Tribute to Paul Walker. Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.”
Earlier today Universal Pictures released an official statement on the status of ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ announcing that production has been suspended. “Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
The Wrap and Variety bring word that Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky and Dominic Cooper have landed lead roles in Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft.’ It was previously announced that Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton are also on board in key roles. At present, Legendary Pictures are keeping character details and the script, written by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, The Seventh Son), under wraps. ‘Warcraft’ is penciled in for a March 11th, 2016 release date.
Earlier this year it was announced that Duncan Jones is making the jump to big-budget tentpole movies, signing on to helm the live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game universe ’World of Warcraft.’ ’World of Warcraft,’ one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games out there, is part fantasy, part science fiction and — depending on the game you’re playing — includes elements such as dragons and orcs, zombies and werewolves, and aliens and spaceships.
With the release of the epic adventure on the horizon, Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this behind-the-scenes “B-Roll” footage and batch of clips from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Christian Bale, Amy Adams & Bradley Cooper Feature In New Clip From David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle’
Sony Pictures has premiered this “You Keep Changing The Rules” clip from David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle.’ The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th before going wide on December 18th in the US. Written by Eric Singer and O. Russell, and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Alessandro Nivola, Louis CK, Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the drama is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Amy Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Jeremy Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. ‘American Hustle’ is set for December 20th in the UK.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
EW have announced a March 14th, 2014 US release date for Rob Thomas’ upcoming ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. “Warner Bros. had this date circled for quite some time and hoped it would stay open,” Thomas says. “Luckily, no other teen detective movie decided to open in the middle of March.” The film reunites the show’s cast (last seen on The CW in 2007), including Kristen Bell, along with Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Ken Marino.
The original distribution plan called for ‘Veronica Mars’ to get a limited engagement run in just a few cities before becoming more widely available via video on demand and other digital platforms. But Rob Thomas reports that Warner Bros. Pictures will now give the film a wider, nationwide release (number of screens still TBD) and let the marketplace decide how long it should stay in theaters. “We’re not going to dribble it out there,” says Thomas, who shot the movie in 23 days this past summer. Expect word on the film’s international release dates shortly.