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Review: Captain Phillips (Without a Paddle)

11:12 AM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) is a director known for handheld action sequences, obscured details and frenetic pacing, making him the least desirable person to direct a film set mostly at sea. Yet for all the counterintuitive casting, Greengrass demonstrates incredible care. In fact, one would presume the retelling of Captain Richard Phillips' autobiography, a story in which he's kidnapped by Somali pirates, would be carried out with watchful respect for the survivors (and it is).

'Captain Phillips' Trailer: Tom Hanks vs. Pirates

9:00 AM 8/9/2013 by Jeff Giles
Captain Phillips
The last time Tom Hanks took to the high seas for a movie, the result was an Academy Award nomination for Cast Away. Lightning isn't supposed to strike twice, but don't be surprised if he picks up another Oscar nod for his latest aquatic venture, this fall's Captain Phillips.

Universal's Mummy Reboot Has Two Competing Scripts

9:57 PM 2/14/2013 by Binh Ngo
The Mummy
Vulture has discovered that Jon Spaihts is not the only writer working on the screenplay for Universal's Mummy reboot. The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray is too. The kicker is that they're both working on separate, but competing script for the same movie.

Starving for Mummy Reboot, Universal Hires Hunger Games Screenwriter to Pen Competing Script – The summer of 2012 left a smoking crater in Universal Pictures’ balance sheet thanks to Battleship, so it was no shock that the studio would look to reboot The Mummy, a proven franchise whose four films have grossed a combined $1.4 billion in worldwide box office. But what is surprising is how the studio is going about rebooting the project, which is being produced by Joe Roth and directed by the Underworld franchise's Len Wiseman. 8 years 9 weeks ago via jetli

Billy Ray to Rewrite Martin Scorsese's 'Sinatra'

Sinatra – The project first announced some years ago , Martin Scorsese still has plans to bring to the screen the life of Frank Sinatra at Universal Pictures. Today, Deadline reveals that the studio has brought aboard The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to rewrite the screenplay, taking over from Phil Alden Robinson ( Field of Dreams ). 8 years 35 weeks ago via theothersenhman

The Thin Man

Posted April 2nd, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Remake of the 1934 movie about a former detective and his wife investigating a murder case just for the thrill of it.


Posted March 27th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Movie about Peter Pan. Channing Tatum is attached to star.

Captain Phillips

Posted December 9th, 2011 by Binh Ngo

Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. The film is directed by Oscar® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain's Duty:

The Hunger Games

Posted November 10th, 2011 by Binh Ngo

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.


Billy Ray Writing 'The Thin Man' for Johnny Depp and Warner Bros. – Billy Ray, the writer-director of "Shattered Glass" and "Breach," has been tapped to write "The Thin Man," an adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel. Johnny Depp is attached to star and Rob Marshall is attached to direct the Warner Bros. 9 years 27 weeks ago via donnieyen
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