Throughout the years, there have been marriages, children and divorces among a close-knit group of college friends – not to mention all the love and heartbreak that accompany a life well lived – but the group has not been able to manage a proper get-together since Lance and Mia’s wedding 15 years ago. But that’s all about to be remedied. When the friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and passionate romances to be reignited.
Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their much loved roles in ‘The Best Man Holiday,’ with Malcolm D. Lee returning to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut. ‘The Best Man Holiday’ opens in the US on November 15th and in the UK on November 29th.
After 15 years you’re all back together for this film. How was that experience, especially given that I know you guys have kept in touch since the first film?
Nia Long: We had a great time. This is like a reunion, being together all in one place.
Taye Diggs: The whole process, even promoting it.
Nia Long: Yeah. And we all really do have an already established friendship; we’re not just saying that for the sake of the film. We all have grown up together in this business. For example, when somebody gets a job we’re like, “Awesome! Did you see such and such on that? Did you see that person on that?” I think that the original was Regina Hall’s first film and now she’s been in so many films and has many films coming up. She got a stripper start and look at her now (laughs).
According to the scoopmeisters over at Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures has reportedly signed Rupert Sanders to direct ‘Napoleon,’ which is described as a “Scarface-style look at the French leader”. Rupert Sanders made his feature directing debut on ‘Snow White And The Huntsman,’ which grossed near $400 million worldwide. Sanders has also got ’90 Church’ on the cards as well as ‘Juliet, ‘ which he’s developing, and the screen adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth thriller ‘The Kill List.’ There’s currently no word which film will shoot first. Jeremy Doner penned the ‘Napoleon’ script.
20th Century Fox send word that Roland Emmerich’s ‘Independence Day 2′ has been pushed back by nearly a year. Previously set to hit the cinemas on July 3rd, 2015, the sci-fi action sequel will now arrive on the big screen from July 1st, 2016. At this moment in time, it is still unknown whether or not Will Smith is planning on reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller for the sequel. Emmerich recently revealed that scripts have been written both with and without Hiller in them.
Additionally, Roland Emmerich confirmed that a number of the original film’s characters appear in the script(s) by Dean Devlin and himself. The 1996 original also starred Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. In September, Michael B. Jordan was rumored for a leading role in the film.
Alexander Payne’s (The Descendants, Sideways) ‘Nebraska’ centers on an aging alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) who decides to take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to collect what he believes to be a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize. His estranged son (Will Forte) reluctantly agrees to accompany his father in order to keep him out of trouble. Paramount Pictures is priming the film for an awards-season run with a rollout starting November 15th in the US. Opening on December 6th in the UK, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk and Devin Ratray co-star.
Alexander Payne seems fascinated by human behavior. How was the experience of working with him, in helping you bring to life this character?
Will Forte: Working with Alexander Payne was an amazing experience for me. From a technical point of view, everything he does is magnificent. But he also taught me that it’s about more than that. It’s about building an inclusive, family atmosphere and about treating people in a way that gives them a wonderful, exciting environment to work in. The way he works, you can’t imagine why anyone does it any other way. He’s very nurturing; his whole team is. He really helped me to get out of my head playing David. And it was a beautiful script, I just felt such a strong connection to this character – but I didn’t think when I first read it that I had any chance to play it (laughs). I was happily mistaken.
According to THR, Warner Bros. Pictures is in negotiations to bring the video game ‘Temple Run’ to the big screen with ‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman onboard to produce. ‘Temple Run’ is a 2011 game developed and published by Imangi Studios that spawned a sequel earlier this year as well as numerous spin-offs. The game, which is typically played on mobile devices like the Android, has become a mammoth best-selling app.
The story would center on an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces. The studio will next look to attach a writer to adapt. David Heyman has a longstanding relationship with the studio, having produced the eight ‘Harry Potter’ films as well as the studio’s box-office hit and awards-season contender ‘Gravity.’ Sources say Heyman is also in talks with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce J.K. Rowling’s next franchise for the studio, ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.’
With the release of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ closing in, Lionsgate has revealed this new clip from the film. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.