Michael Massee, ‘The Crow’ Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee, Dies at 61
Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away from a clean getaway.'” Massee and Delon worked together on the 2014 French TV series “Interventions.”
Details of his death weren’t immediately immediately available.
Massee fired the improperly prepared prop gun that killed Lee on the set of “The Crow” in 1993. Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died in surgery on March 31, 1993. He was 28. “The Crow,” directed by Alex Proyas, was released in May of 1994.
Massee, who reportedly never watched “The Crow,” returned to New York following the traumatic accident and took time off from acting. “I don’t think you »
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Toy Story 4,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ Swap Release Dates
Disney has announced the release date shuffles of “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4.” The former will move forward a year to 2018 and will no longer debut on June 21, 2019, while “Toy Story 4” is being pushed back a year to that date. “The Incredibles 2” is directed by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird, and Bob Iger announced that the project was in development at the March 2014 Disney shareholders meeting. More to come… »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Kevin Hart to Star as Santa Claus in Disney’s ‘Dashing Through the Snow’
Kevin Hart is in talks to star as Santa Claus in Disney’s christmas comedy, “Dashing Through the Snow,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Will Packer, who has worked on the “Ride Along” films with Hart, will serve as producer along with John Jacobs (“Ted”). “Dashing Through the Snow” will follow a New York City detective who has a bad relationship with his son. The only thing that can fix the relationship is the real Santa Claus. The project, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Gerard Butler to Star in ‘Angel Has Fallen’ Threequel
Millennium Films is launching sales next week at the American Film Market and is planning to begin production in the first half of 2017. No director has been set. Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are writing the script.
“Angel” will focus on attackers trying to take down Banning’s character. Producers are Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, John Thompson, and Matt O’Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Christine Otal will exec produce.
- Dave McNary
Ice Cube to Play Fagin in Contemporary 'Oliver Twist' Reboot
Ice Cube is attached to star as Fagin in Disney's upcoming remake of the musical version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story, while a source connected to the production confirmed the casting to Rolling Stone.
The movie will reportedly be directed by Thomas Kail, who earned a Tony Award for helming Hamilton. Ice Cube is also set to serve as a producer and is writing the treatment with co-producer Jeff Kwatinetz.
The new movie will put a contemporary spin on the stage musical Oliver! »
Kevin Costner Suit Seeks $3.85M for Film Festival 'Fraud'
Kylin Pictures used Kevin Costner's name to sell a film at the Shanghai International Film Festival and then removed him from the project without paying him, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Costner, along with Treehouse Films, is suing Kylin for breach of contract and fraud. In April, Treehouse and Beacon Films signed a deal to produce Shanghai Sojourners, which according to Kylin's website is the story of a Chinese woman who falls in love with a Jewish man during World War II and tries to help him escape the Nazis. Kylin is credited as
- Ashley Cullins
‘God Particle’ is ‘Cloverfield 3’
In February, I wrote a post theorizing that the Jj Abrams-produced Julius Onah-directed space station set thriller God Particle might be the third film in a Cloverfield film series. I even asked Abrams this directly, which he slyly responded, “Well, that remains to be seen.” Today my prediction has been confirmed: God Particle is Cloverfield 3. […]
- Peter Sciretta
Tom Hanks’ ‘Sully’ Set for China Release in December
“Sully” stars Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the career pilot who successfully landed a damaged U.S. Airways jet in the Hudson River in 2009 after it hit a flock of geese following takeoff from Laguardia Airport. Clint Eastwood directed from a script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography “Highest Duty” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. “Sully” has a production budget of about $60 million with Village Roadshow Pictures a co-producer and co-financer with Warner Bros. It has gone past $121 million domestically in seven weeks — making it the top fall movie so far — while its top international markets are Japan at $12 million and Australia nearly $10 million. “Sully” will open in late November in France and in early December in Germany, Italy and the U.K. before it opens in China. »
- Dave McNary
Afm: Fortitude International boards 'Coup D’Etat'
Exclusive: Heading into the Santa Monica market, the sales, production and financing company will introduce international buyers to the satirical comedy starring Michael Caine, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Jason Biggs and Seth Green.
The story centres on an overthrown British-Caribbean dictator who seeks refuge with a teenage girl and her single mother in suburban America and teaches the youngster to start a revolution in her high school.
Coastal Film Studios in Savannah provided partial financing. Principals Jake Shapiro, Daniel Grodnik and Mary Aloe also served as producers, in association with Hindsight Media and Altus Media, which also financed »
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Film Review: ‘The Women’s Balcony’
A close-knit congregation fractures along gender lines after a catastrophe at their synagogue, in Emil Ben Shimon’s nicely observed dramedy “The Women’s Balcony.” Offering solid, middle-brow entertainment that borrows from Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” the film shows the relationships and tensions between different groups within Orthodox Judaism in Jerusalem, and provides a cautionary (and universally understandable) tale about religious fundamentalism. Released in Israel on September 29, it has already notched an impressive 125,000 admissions, and is on track to double that number before the hardtop run ends. Menemsha Films is circulating this Jewish-interest crowd-pleaser to U.S. fests in advance of a theatrical opening.
Beginning with a bar mitzvah and culminating with a wedding, the film focuses on a community of lively and relaxed Sephardic Jews who enjoy coming together as a community and revere their elderly spiritual leader, Rabbi Menashe (Abraham Celektar). But during the bar mitzvah of the grandson of »
- Alissa Simon
Superhero Bits: Thor: Ragnarok Production Almost Over, Wolverine Ice Sculpture & More
Who are the 50 best villains from the DC Comics TV series? What’s the one thing Thor screenwriter Ashley Miller wishes he could change from the first movie? Did you see the ice sculpture Hugh Jackman showed off to Ryan Reynolds for the Deadpool star’s birthday? How much longer is Thor: Ragnarok shooting? All that […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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