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Vincent D’Onofrio Eyed to Play Villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (Exclusive)

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent D'Onofrio is in talks to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “Magnificent Seven” remake starring Denzel Washington.

Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke are also on board to star with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.

The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.

No stranger to playing the villain, D’Onofrio can next be seen as the antagonist in Universal’s “Jurassic World” and as Marvel Comics bad guy Kingpin in Netflix’s “Daredevil” series. »

- Justin Kroll

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Thailand Release of ‘Furious 7′ Halted by Tony Jaa Contract Dispute

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The release of “Furious 7” has been halted in Thailand, home country of one of the film’s stars — martial arts ace Tony Jaa.

Sahamongkolfilm International, one of Thailand’s leading film groups, obtained a court injunction halting the scheduled release of “F7,” which had been set for April 1.

The injunction names Jaa, Universal Pictures and distributor United International Pictures (Fareast) and alleges that Jaa is in breach of a management contract with Sahamongkol that runs until 2023.

Jaa was star of several movies produced or distributed by Sahamongkol – including “Ong Bak” and “Tom Yum Goong” (aka “The Protector” in North America) – while under a long term contract with Sahamongkol as his exclusive talent agent.

Sahamongkol is reported to be seeking $49 million (THB1.6 billion) in compensation, a sum it calculates as the sum of previous investments in launching the star, lost future earnings, and 7.5% interest.

Jaa and Sahamonglol have been in »

- Patrick Frater

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Box Office: 'Home' Takes Off Friday to Beat 'Get Hard'

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Animated offering Home is taking off at the Friday box office, putting it on course to beat R-rated comedy Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. It's still early, but first returns show the music-infused family title grossing north of $40 million for the weekend in a needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Some even believe Home, benefiting from some kids being on spring break, could approach $50 million, the best showing for an original Dwa title since Megamind in 2010 ($46 million). For now, insiders are suggesting a hearty $44 million. The voice cast includes Rihanna

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- Pamela McClintock

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Sean Young Says She Won't Be Back For 'Blade Runner 2'

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sean Young has been pretty vocal about the brewing "Blade Runner" sequel, particularly across 2013. In January she stated she met with the people making the film, but said she didn't think any of the original cast would be back (as we know, this is untrue, with Harrison Ford reprising his role of Deckard). Then in August, things got more heated when she told fans to boycott the effort as she wasn't in it. Then a month later, Young proclaimed that she should've played Charlize Theron's role of Vickers in "Prometheus." Essentially, she's had very strong opinions about appearing (or not) in the work of Ridley Scott, but as she predicted, she won't be coming back as Rachael in the "Blade Runner" sequel. “I saw Ridley a month ago and not a peep was uttered from his mouth about it and so I left it alone,” she told The Guardian. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Might Be in a Force Majeure Remake

19 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus might flex her dramatic muscles again, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The Veep actress is currently in talks to star in a remake of Force Majeure, the Swedish movie about an avalanche that indirectly ruins a family's vacation. The original cleaned up nicely on the international awards circuit and almost took home a foreign film Golden Globe. Other personnel info is unavailable at the moment, but Louis-Dreyfus will also likely produce the Fox Searchlight project. Might Tony Hale be the cowardly husband? One can only hope. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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6 Things We Learned About 'Spectre' From the New Teaser

57 minutes ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's fun trying to piece together the clues from the new "Spectre" teaser trailer, in which Daniel Craig's James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. 1. Personal effects recovered from Skyfall reveal a secret past that Bond has he kept hidden because he "couldn't trust anyone," according to Naomi Harris' Moneypenny: a photograph with Bond as a child with a ski instructor and another child. 2. We know that Christoph Waltz plays Franz Oberhauser and that it was revealed in Ian Fleming's short story, "Octopussy," that Hans Oberhauser was a ski instructor and father figure to Bond. So Franz is probably his son and a boyhood pal to Bond. 3. There's also a document that states "Temporary Guardianship," so apparently this was Bond's family after his parents died. 4. The discovery of a Spectre ring (with the familiar octopus insignia) that »

- Bill Desowitz

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New Spectre Images of Daniel Craig on the Mexico City Set

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We just posted the very first Spectre teaser trailer a few minutes ago, but we've already got more never before seen material from the film to share. Steve is actually part of a group of journalists visiting the Spectre set right now and they were given access to four new images including a shot of Daniel Craig as James Bond and one of director Sam Mendes on the film's Mexico City set. Check out the new Spectre images below and be sure to keep an eye out for more material from Steve's set visit coming soon. The film opens November 6th and also stars Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Stephanie Sigman as Estrella. [caption id="attachment_434457" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] [caption id="attachment_434455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Sony Pictures and MGM[/caption] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Wanted: If You Love Technology as Much As Indie Film, You Could Be Our Product Manager.

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indiewire is growing, and we're in search of someone awesome to make our site even better. We are looking to hire a Product Manager for our Los Angeles office. Briefly, it’s someone who’s responsible for creating all the great stuff on Indiewire.com — everything from newsletters to photo galleries to minisites. It’s the daily maintenance that keeps the site and our blogs moving forward. It’s inventing things we haven’t even thought of yet.  While technical chops and experience are key, we’d love to find someone who loves Indiewire.  The job description is below. If you’d like to apply, please email dana@indiewire.com with resume, references and salary requirements. You can also apply through LinkedIn.   Thanks! _________________________ Indiewire is the leading news source for independent film as well as smart coverage of Hollywood and television. Our readers are film and TV fans, filmmakers, and the movie industry. »

- Indiewire

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