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The Irishman – Poster for new gangster flick

Posted by LiveFor on November 23, 2009

An orphan from the tough streets of Cleveland, Irish Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) rises from working longshoreman to union leader to mob ally. Forced out of the union by the feds, Danny starts anew as an enforcer for loan shark Shondor Bims (Christopher Walken), while still maintaining influence with mafia boss John Nardi (Vincent D’Onofrio).

With Detective Joe Manditski (Val Kilmer) in pursuit, Danny rapidly acquires his own power and places himself at odds with the Italians, who find him to be a very difficult man to kill. What follows is a bloody war that breaks out on the streets of Cleveland and gives it the name “Bomb City, U.S.A.”

Based on a true story, The Irishman is the saga of one man who embodied the Irish warrior mentality with a mixture of pride, brutality, ambition, and principle, as became a central figure in the 70s mob war that forever changed organized crime in America.

Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher, 2004)

Source: Collider

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The Random – Welcome to Hoxford, The Ushers, Martin Luther King Jr, The Irishman, Legend of the Magic Bell, Last Warrior, A Very Private Gentleman

Posted by LiveFor on May 19, 2009

– Comic book creator, Ben Templsmith, talks about who he would like to star in the Welcome to Hoxford adaption. “I always saw someone like Katee Sackhoff [Starbuck in “Battlestar Galatica”] as Dr. Ainley or, in my dreams, Winona Ryder,” Templesmith told MTV News. “The main delusional character obviously has a bit of a Riddick vibe, and I do love Vin Diesel’s voice, but really I have no idea on him. I would say Lance Henrikson would make an awesome leader of the wolf pack.”

– Green Knight Ventures is planning a 3D contemporary adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic novel “The Fall of the House of Usher” says The Hollywood Reporter. Poe’s 1839 tale tells of the mysterious goings-on in the house of Roderick Usher, who has recently buried a sister whose presence still haunts the house. The Ushers, will look at a grown brother and sister who have lived in the same Martha’s Vineyard house for a long time but begin to feel trapped there, and who then bring in a real-estate broker to help them resolve their crisis. Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott and Rufus Sewell star in the film which Stephen Kay is attached to direct.

– DreamWorks has landed life rights to Martin Luther King Jr. and is already developing a biopic about the famed civil rights leader reports Variety. The aim is to create a “definitive portrait of his life” that will probably cover everything through to his assassination in 1968 in Memphis.

– Vincent D’Onofrio and Vinnie Jones have joined the cast of Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Irishman says The Hollywood Reporter. Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer star in the story of real-life mobster Danny Greene. Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters penned the screenplay based on Rick Porrello’s book. Linda Cardellini, Fionnula Flanagan, Bob Gunton, Laura Ramsey, Steve Schirripa and Paul Sorvino have also joined the cast.

– Terence Chang and John Woo’s Lion Rock Productions are set to produce the $30 million budgeted 3D fantasy epic Legend of The Magic Bell reports Screen Daily. Based on a Chinese classic, the film tells the story of a warrior (Renee Yuan) who falls in love with a beautiful demoness but is forced to transform her into stone in order to save humanity. Their paths cross again 5000 years later when the warrior has been reincarnated as a demon hunter.

– Cuba Gooding Jr and Olivier Martinez and are in final negotiations to star in the $15 million post-apocalyptic action film The Last Warrior for Hannibal Pictures says Screen Daily.
John Eyres penned and will direct the story set in the not-too-distant future. It sees the head of security at a war-mongering corporate go after a rogue soldier who has been genetically enhanced.

– George Clooney is set to star in A Very Private Gentleman Focus Features says Variety.
Based on the Martin Booth novel, Clooney will play an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town before carrying out a final assignment. He resists his usual aversion to human interaction, and his friendships and romantic entanglements complicate his mission

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The Random – Percy Jackson, Family Guy, Iron Man 2, Faster, Mama, Piranha 3D, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Irishman, The Details

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2009

– Rosario Dawson and Steve Coogan have joined the Greek mythology-infused adventure Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief for Fox 2000 says The Hollywood Reporter. The story is adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling fantasy-adventure book series that includes the world-saving quest of Poseidon’s half-human son, Percy, in modern America.

– Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tells Wired Magazine that a film version of the hit Fox cartoon is very much in the works according to Empire Online. “We want to do it. Fox wants it. We know what we want to do with it. It’s just a question of finding the time. That’s why The Simpsons took so many years to do theirs. They just couldn’t fit it into the schedule” says MacFarlane.

– Sam Rockwell is currently at work on the Iron Man sequel and tells MTV News that they’ve made some changes to his character from the comic. Rockwell plays Justin Hammer a rival billionaire industrialist to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. In the comic though, he’s a white-haired elderly gent. “They wanted to go with a rival for Tony Stark who is closer to his age, and make him American” said Rockwell.

– Dwayne Johnson is in final negotiations to star in the action drama Faster for CBS Films reports Variety. Johnson will play an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his brother, murdered 10 years earlier when the two were double-crossed during a heist.

– Guillermo del Toro is in negotiations to produce the horror feature Mama for Universal Pictures says Risky Biz Blog. Andy and Barbara Muschietti are writing the English-language script based on their acclaimed Spanish-language short with Andy directing and Barbara producing. The Muschiettis are currently working on the script. The plotline for the full feature is being kept under wraps, but the short centers on two girls, Victoria and Lily, who are on the run from a ghostly woman who appears to be their mother in a Gothic home.

– Jerry O’Connell has joined the cast of Piranha 3-D for The Weinstein Company says Entertainment Weekly. Alexandre Aja helms the action-thriller which co-stars the likes of Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Szohr.

– Katie Holmes will star in the thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for Miramax Films reports Variety. Based on a 1973 ABC telepic, the story follows a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with devilish creatures. Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins pen the script with Troy Nixey directing.

– Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer have joined the mob drama The Irishman for Code Entertainment reports the trades. The story is based on the life of mobster Danny Greene (Stevenson), a violent Irish-American gangster who competed with the Italian mob in 1970s Cleveland and ended up provoking a countrywide turf war that crippled the entire criminal underworld. Walken will play infamous loan-sharking nightclub owner Shondor Birns, and Kilmer will portray a Cleveland cop who befriends Greene. Jonathan Hensleigh (“The Punisher”) will direct from a screenplay he wrote.

– James McAvoy, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Anna Friel have joined the black comedy The Details says Variety. The story concerns a couple, to be played by McAvoy and Banks, who discover an infestation of raccoons in their back yard. Disagreements over how to deal with the animals lead to an escalating series of events.

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