Movie News Wrap Up: August 18th, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:28 am,

This week:

Billy Ray serenades Scorsese with some Sinatra; Dale Dickey gets mysterious in Iron Man 3; Emms and Chestnut Kick-Ass; Johnson and Carano are Fast & Furious and NBC get Hench

Writer Billy Ray (NOT of Cyrus fame) has been brought in to write the script for Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic.

Billy Ray writes Sinatra film Movie News Wrap Up: August 18th, 2012

Scorsese has long been interested in bringing a Sinatra tale to the screen, originally planning a Rat Pack film that was set to star Tom Hanks and John Travolta. That seems to have gone by the wayside, with the famed director now focused squarely on Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) wrote a previous draft of the script, although it looks like Billy Ray will be starting from scratch.

The big issue is casting, will Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio be top of the list? After all, Scorsese did cast him as Howard Hughes in The Aviator – and they don’t exactly look alike.

Source: Deadline


True Blood and Winter’s Bone actress Dale Dickey has snagged a role in Iron Man 3.

Dickey is quoted as saying:

“I’m filming now. That’s it. They asked my agent not to put anything in the trades when I was cast over a month ago, so they are trying to keep as much mystery as possible.”

According to Comic Book Movie, the actress is listed as “Mrs. Davis” on her IMDB page.

Oooooh the mystery.

Source: Comic Book Movie


Robert Emms has been cast as Insect Man in Kick-Ass 2, while Morris Chestnut (what a great name) has also joined the cast “essentially playing the guardian” of Chloe Moretz’s Hit-Girl.

Chestnut has also snagged a role in Brad Anderson’s on-again, off-again thriller The Hive alongside Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

According to Deadline:

“The Hive focuses on a 911 call center: a hub of frenzied activity where desperate phone calls come in. When a call comes in from Hyden (Breslin) a kidnapped teen who is stuffed in a trunk, a veteran operator (Berry) takes the line, using her considerable skills to keep the girl calm, while trying feverishly to find the kidnapper before it’s too late.”

Source: Deadline


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is currently cooking up some Fast and Furious action. The multi-franchise-saver (TM) has tweeted a picture of himself on the set of the series’ sixth movie with co-star, Gina Carano.

The Rock Carano Fast 6 Movie News Wrap Up: August 18th, 2012

MMA star Carano showed that she could give the boys a run for their money, action-wise in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

The latest installment in the long-running franchise, Fast Five, surpassed expectations – grossing more than $209 million domestically and over $626 globally.

Source: Dwayne Johnson


NBC is developing Hench, a series which is set to be based on the comic book created by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello.

 Movie News Wrap Up: August 18th, 2012

According to Deadline:

“[Hench] centers on a regular guy who, in order to support his family, gets jobs temping for super villains.”

The series will be produced by Peter Berg (Battleship) and Sarah Aubrey, with a script by Alexandra Cunningham.

Hench, was originally picked up by Warner Bros. as a starring vehicle for Danny McBride, it looks like that idea has been shelved.

It could work as a series – if it gets the right tone.

Source: Deadline


That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. the only actor I could see playing Frank Sinatra in a movie is Tom Hanks. Dicaprio has done some impressive work including J. Edgar. but I can see him playing Sinatra

    • but I ‘cant’ see him playing sinatra

  2. no,not hanks he has nothing what could fit to sinatras face and i like hanks,but not as sin.. leo has this perfect mimics in his acting if he plays hughes or the guy from -catch me if….- ,for example there is a scene were he is in the courtroom and has a mustache and in that one scene he looks exactly like hughes. so,i hope that di caprio plays sinatra.

  3. I really can’t see any movie biography about Sinatra or the Rat Pack making big bucks in today’s movie environment. Lord knows I wouldn’t spend my money to see it. Those type of films need to be made for Lifetime or TVLand viewers.

    • Scorsese hardly ever makes a movie for the money.

    • then you haven´t watched good fellas or casino,which are also bio-pics about real life mobsters. or you haven´t watched ray or walk the line which were really successfull at the box-office. and if they tell the story how lucky lucciano have managed and pushed his carrier forward,and his liaissons with ava gardner and mia farrow and his great solo performances and his performances with the rat pack then it could be the best musician-biographie under the direction of scorsesse.

  4. Ryan Gosling as Sinatra tbh.

    He can sing and act. Leo can’t do one of those things.

  5. Um Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson didnt save Fast and Furious. I dont think it was having problems.

    • I would think that having the original cast return after the third installment is what “saved” the franchise before it “drifted” off to obscurity.

  6. the only actor I could see playing Frank Sinatra in a movie is Tom Hanks. Dicaprio has done some impressive work including J. Edgar. but I can see him playing Sinatra

  7. I don’t know about actors for the young version of Sinatra, but looking at Sinatra’s picture up there I can only think “Billy Bob Thornton” for his older years.

  8. Jeremy Renner as Frank Sinatra. He’s got the look and the attitude down. Just needs to work on an accent.

  9. Dale Dickey + Green Paint = Green Goblin! Wrong movie!

    • LOL…I can see that.