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‘Edge’ Guys Tom Cruise, Doug Liman Eye Drug Pilot Tale ‘Mena’

Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are in talks to re-team on Mena, a Gary Spinelli scripted drama that Universal Pictures bought last year in a $1 million spec deal. The spec is a fact-based tale about Barry Seal, a pilot who, in the 1980s, was a gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death by the latter in Baton Rouge. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Cruise is an accomplished pilot in his own right. If this all comes together, the film would shoot sometime this year. Cruise and Liman made Edge Of Tomorrow.
 
Seth Rogen Compares ‘American Sniper’ To Fictional Nazi Propaganda, Twitter Responds
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/rogen-american-sniper-tweet/

Gray Areas Be Damned: People Either Really Love Or Really Hate ‘American Sniper’
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/american-sniper/

Look. Let's be careful here. My Facebook news feed is full of hatespeak right now between pro and con. I think the author of the second like kinda hits on a valid point that the discussion has turned into
It really has become “Chris Kyle is a hero” versus “Chris Kyle is a monster” and the whole thing has gotten disturbingly ugly. (Adding to this is that Kyle himself isn’t around anymore to defend himself.)
From the sound of it...and I have not seen it, the movie is presented very 'pro' and that seems to be what is provoking the reaction. So I dunno...I don't think Rogen's comments were that far out of line. But I'm a liberal...so that's not a surprise. I get that what Kyle did was a necessity of his circumstances, but it does seem like the pro people may be glorifying things a wee bit.
Keep it civil in your responses or this WILL get shut down.

Ooof.
Michael Moore: ‘Snipers Aren’t Heroes’
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/american-sniper-clint-eastwood-michael-moore/
 
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Seth Rogen Compares ‘American Sniper’ To Fictional Nazi Propaganda, Twitter Responds
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/rogen-american-sniper-tweet/

Gray Areas Be Damned: People Either Really Love Or Really Hate ‘American Sniper’
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/american-sniper/

Look. Let's be careful here. My Facebook news feed is full of hatespeak right now between pro and con. I think the author of the second like kinda hits on a valid point that the discussion has turned into
From the sound of it...and I have not seen it, the movie is presented very 'pro' and that seems to be what is provoking the reaction. So I dunno...I don't think Rogen's comments were that far out of line. But I'm a liberal...so that's not a surprise. I get that what Kyle did was a necessity of his circumstances, but it does seem like the pro people may be glorifying things a wee bit.
Keep it civil in your responses or this WILL get shut down.

Ooof.
Michael Moore: ‘Snipers Aren’t Heroes’
http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/american-sniper-clint-eastwood-michael-moore/

I don't think Rogen's comments were that bad. I felt the same way. Thought the movie was excellent too. There's just a few sequences where it shows him mowing down one person then moving on to another and it was very similar to that Nazi movie he was talking about. The great irony (that the people jumping down his throat are missing) is that the subject of that film didn't want that celebrity or notoriety either. At least, in the Tarantino movie. Much like Kyle, he was just doing his job to survive. Is he also a hero? I bet I know the answer to that one...

Moore's on the other hand, those were a little out of left field. On one side of the coin. On the other, he's got a point. If he presented it better, maybe it doesn't hit as hard. Being that it's him though....probably not going to fly. I mean, I don't think that just because you sign up to go to war, that you're automatically a hero. War isn't the good guys versus the bad guys. It's all about perspective right? I mean, if some big country came into the US and started killing civilians because bombs intended for the bad guys didn't hit the bad guys, wouldn't WE start some **** too? Would we look at their snipers who were picking off people fighting back as heroes? Of course not. Having said that, Moore came out swinging and gave no nuance. Just used it as an excuse to lay into American Foreign Policy on the back of a guy who (arguably) did more good at home with vets suffering from PTSD than he did on the front lines.

Anyway, the movie doesn't really go too pro (in terms of war), but it might sway a little in terms of who he was. I don't know much about the dude. The movie shows the toll his job likely takes on the people who do it. The unintended consequences of war and killing and all of that. I thought it was quite good and tragic all wrapped up in one.
 
Offical Bruce Lee Biopic in the Works From His Family
http://collider.com/bruce-lee-biopic/

BRUCE LEE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES BIOPIC OF THE ICONIC ACTION HERO AND MARTIAL ARTIST

Daughter Shannon Lee Teams with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang to Produce New Feature Film

LOS ANGELES (February 27, 2015) – Shannon Lee, daughter of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, announced today that his legacy will be brought to the screen in a new feature film, the first to be made with his family’s full involvement in the production. Lee’s company Bruce Lee Entertainment has partnered with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang to produce a definitive biopic of the iconic Hollywood and Chinese star.

“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry. They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with,” said Lee.

Bruce Lee’s classic films shattered records with each successive release in the early ‘70s, and his legacy remains unparalleled to this day. With tens of millions of fans following his rise, Bruce Lee’s untimely death at age 32 at the height of his fame and success shocked audiences worldwide. The unprecedented feature on the icon, who was one of the most compelling entertainment personalities to ever grace the silver screen, will be produced by Shannon Lee with Lawrence Grey (Last Vegas, Hope Springs, and the upcoming Section Six) and Ben Everard of Grey Matter Productions, as well as Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, People vs. Larry Flynt, Documented).

“Many don’t know that Bruce Lee was also a prolific writer and a creator of his own unique art and philosophy. That’s what we want to show – not just his kick-ass physicality, but the depth of his character and beliefs,” said Lee.

“I have long been inspired by Bruce Lee and wanted to partner with Shannon in order to really delve into the depth of the icon in a way that has never before been seen on the screen,” said Grey. “It is really a dream project and the perfect partnership.”

Bruce Lee Entertainment officially opened its doors in 2014 to create compelling and authentic productions around the action hero and martial artist. In addition to this biopic, Bruce Lee Entertainment has a number of film and television projects in development, including a television series based on an original idea and materials by Bruce Lee with director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) as well as a reality-based show to launch in China with Keanu Reeves and Stephen Hamel of Company Films (John Wick). They are also working on a series of novels based on Bruce Lee writings along with a comic book series. Bruce Lee Entertainment already has one success with the remarkably popular mobile game, Bruce Lee: Enter the Game, created by its subsidiary Bruce Lee Interactive with Canadian developer, Hibernum Creations. The game saw over 5 million downloads in its first four weeks.

Janet Yang has been brought on to Bruce Lee Entertainment to help guide production as well as consult on the China market where interest in Bruce Lee remains extraordinarily high.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be working with Shannon on these exciting ventures about her father. In this age of an increasingly globalized culture, I can’t think of a more talented and innovative individual who embodies the best of East and West, and who can inspire future generations,” said Yang.

Bruce Lee Entertainment is represented at UTA and is a subsidiary of Bruce Lee Enterprises, the exclusive owner of all commercial merchandising, allied rights, and marks relating to the use of Bruce Lee’s name, image, and attributes worldwide.
 
Report: Sacha Baron Cohen to Write, Direct, and Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic
http://collider.com/freddie-mercury-biopic-sacha-baron-cohen-director/

A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in the works for many, many years, and throughout most of that time, Sacha Baron Cohen was to be the man to bring Mercury to life onscreen. He sure looked the part, and few doubted he could bring the goods in the dramatic department. But back in 2013, Cohen finally exited the project over creative differences with the remaining Queen band members, who wanted the film to be a more family-friendly movie instead of Cohen’s envisioned R-rated, unflinching look at Mercury’s life.

Great news, right?
 
Natalie Portman Puts On The Robes For 'On The Basis Of Sex' By Playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Deadline reports that Natalie Portman will headline the Black List-approved "On The Basis Of Sex." Penned by Daniel Stiepleman it tells he story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights over the years. Making a nice jump from her Sundance buzz, "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl" helmer Marielle Heller will direct, with Focus Features throwing their might behind the picture too. Indeed, the wheels are moving fast, and the plan is to get this in front of cameras before the end of the year.
 
Rob Zombie to Direct Groucho Marx Pic Scripted by Oren Moverman
http://collider.com/rob-zombie-to-direct-groucho-marx-pic-scripted-by-oren-moverman/

If that headline makes no sense to you, don’t worry; I had the same reaction. Apparently Zombie and Miranda Bailey have gotten their hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House.” Deadline further reports that Zombie will direct the adaptation, which will be scripted by Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy).

Stoliar, a TV writer and devout Groucho fan, spent the last few years of the comedian’s life by his side as his personal secretary and archivist. During those short years, Stoliar found himself in the company of such names of renown as Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Steve Allen. On the flipside of this trip into the lives of the rich and famous was dealing with Erin Fleming, the rather frustrating woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life.

The story itself is odd enough to make a compelling watch, but Zombie’s involvement is the extra-strange cherry on top. Here’s how the rocker and horror-guru came to the project:

“I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged,” says Zombie. “I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood’s greatest stars final years.”
 
I am all over that N.W.A movie!

Orphy is his name and the dolphin is coming straight outta the ocean!! :resin:
 
Tom Hiddleston is Hank Williams in First Image From ‘I Saw the Light’

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http://spinoff.comicbookresources.c...williams-in-first-image-from-i-saw-the-light/

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