UPDATE: Universal Sets ‘The Loft’ For Summer 2014, Zac Efron’s ‘Townies’ For May

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

UPDATE: After setting psychological thriller The Loft for a summer 2014 debut, Universal’s also slotted its Zac Efron starrer Townies for a 2014 debut. The comedy stars Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne in the tale of a … Read More »

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Karl Urban Set To Star In Fox’s J.H. Wyman/ J.J. Abrams Futuristic Drama Pilot

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After very lengthy negotiations, Karl Urban has closed a deal to star opposite Michael Ealy in Fox‘s untitled J.H. Wyman/J.J. Abrams drama pilot (formerly Inhuman). The project reunites Urban, who plays Bones in the Star Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Dredd’ Plays To Cheering Fans, But Will It Play To The Mainstream?

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 1:44am PDT

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-con.

The good news for Lionsgate is that Comic-Con fans of the pen-and-ink Judge Dredd accept this new Dredd as the real deal, unlike the Stallone version. … Read More »

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‘Dredd’ To Screen In Comic-Con Preview

By | Friday July 6, 2012 @ 11:48am PDT

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Com, which runs July 12-15 in San Diego.

We previously mentioned Lionsgate‘s Comic-Con dilemma with promoting Dredd — how to present footage when the star of your panel is The Expendables 2‘s Sylvester Stallone, who starred in the oft-derided previous adaptation Judge Dredd? Now we have their solution — on Wednesday, preview night, they’ll be showing the entire movie, in which Karl Urban (who’ll be introducing the screening in person) plays the title role previously undertaken by Sly, two months ahead of its opening.

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Sometimes this strategy can backfire – Universal screened Scott Pilgrim vs. The World so many times at Comic-Con one year that by the time it came anyone who wanted to see it already had. But Dredd is looking for good word of mouth, as fans who’ve seen the trailer have been comparing it unfavorably to The Raid: Redemption, though this was somewhat defused when that film’s director Gareth Evans tweeted “Dredd looks great, not concerned about similarities. That film was in production around the same time we finished The Raid.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Karl Urban As ‘Dredd’

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 10:24am PDT

Here’s a trailer for Lionsgate’s Dredd. Directed by Peter Travis and written by Alex Garland and based on the Judge Dredd comic books, it stars Karl Urban as the title character (played by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 version) plus Olivia Thrilby and Lena Headey. Slated to open September 21st:

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Lionsgate, IM Global Sign Distribution Pact

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has acquired US distribution rights for three films backed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global. Each film has a one word title and falls into the hard core action genre. The first in the deal is Safe, a $30 million … Read More »

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Comic-Con #13: The ‘Priest’ Panel

Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:

PRIEST, based on the Tokyopop-published graphic novel, is brought to you by the folks behind the agreeable B-movie LEGION. While many of the original Manga take place in the past, the movie serves as a sequel, set in a post-apocalyptic world. We’re shown a clip that is “not MPAA approved.” It begins with a dark, BLADE RUNNER-style cityscape. A hooded figure carrying a rosary walks through. It’s Paul Bettany, and he has a red cross tattooed on his face. A vampire attacks – this vampire is like a wild, wet beast, with no eyes, no pigment – think the demons in CONSTANTINE, on the offchance you actually saw that. Read More »

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Summit Stokes ‘Red’ And ‘Drive Angry 3D’ at Comic-Con

Mike Fleming

10-ridiculous-comic-con-costumes-800-75Summit Entertainment joins the phalanx of studios bringing film footage and star casts to the geek altar that is Comic-Con. Summit, which for the past two years has brought its Twilight Saga cast to the event, this time herds the cast … Read More »

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