Movie News Wrap Up: January 5th, 2012

Kurt Russell stars in The Black Marks

This week:

Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon go to another Dimension in The Black Marks; Mel Gibson decides to Get The Gringo on his Summer Vacation; Matthew Fox gets Lost in Emperor; B-movie stars rev-up for Death Race 3; Patricia Arquette is one mean mother in Jake Scott’s Jeff Buckley biopic and Rudd, Wilson, Wiig, and Walken discover that Freezing People is Easy.

1. Dimension Films has picked up the US distribution rights to The Black Marks, a new comedy starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel,

The plot is as follows:

“Crunch Calhoun (Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, [who] agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Dillon). Crunch reassembles the old team and comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another, far riskier, plan devised by Nicky. What the brothers don’t realize is they each have their own agenda and their plan goes awry in this con movie about brotherhood, honor and revenge.”

The Black Marks starts shooting next month with Jonathan Sobol (A Beginner’s Guide to Endings) directing.

Source: THR


2. The word on the street (via Moviehole) is that Mel Gibson’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation has been retitled the more alliterative sounding Get the Gringo. It’s not known if this will be the title for the film in all territories.

Check out the official synopsis below:

"The story of Driver, a career criminal who is picked up by the Mexican police as he desperately tries to cross the border in a car stuffed full of stolen cash. The police take the cash and dump him in the infamous El Pueblito prison - a hell on earth where the prison gangs run the show. Driver has no ID or fingerprints but he still gets a visit from a corrupt American Embassy official who has heard about the money. If Driver doesn't find a way of paying him off while he's inside, then he's going to let the authorities know where Driver is. And it won't be long before the guys he stole the money from find him too. Driver knows it is sink or swim. He hooks up with a young boy who shows him how to survive in the prison, but the kid has a terrible secret. He shares a rare blood type with Javi - the criminal who ruthlessly controls the prison and everyone in it. The kid is Javi's life insurance policy and he has doctors on standby to transplant his liver whenever the time comes. But Driver has other ideas and pretty soon he devises an audacious plan to escape with the kid, the kid’s mother and the money."

The film was shot in 2010, but it doesn’t have a US distributor – yet. If they’re playing around with titles then it’s safe to assume that it’s getting ready for some sort of release, either at home or abroad.

Adrian Grunberg, directs from a script that he co-wrote with Stacy Perskie and Gibson.

Source: Moviehole


3. Lost star Matthew Fox will take the lead role in director Peter Webber (The Girl With a Pearl Earring)’s Emperor.

According to Variety:

"Emperor is an epic story of love and understanding set amidst the uncertainties of the days following the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur served as the de facto ruler of Japan as supreme commander of the occupying forces.

Fox will play Gen. Bonner Fellers, one of MacArthur's leading Japanese experts, who is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal?”

Emperor could be the film that helps Fox move on to the next level in the leading-man stakes, or it could solidify his role as a “second lead” – see World War Z and I, Alex Cross for details.

Source: Variety


4. Fans of the B-movie rejoice! News reached us that Death Race 3 has gone into production in South Africa.

This second sequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s remake of the Roger Corman classic stars a plethora of B-movie regulars including Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Dougray Scott.

Luke Goss returns in Death Race 3

Check out the Synopsis:

“Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein, is a superstar driver in the brutal prison yard demolition derby known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom for himself and his pit crew, Lucas is plunged into an all-new competition more vicious than anything he has experienced before. Pitted against his most ruthless adversaries ever, Lucas fights to keep himself and his team alive in a race in South Africa's infernal Kalahari Desert. With powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat, will Lucas' determination to win at all costs mean the end of the road for him?”

Get ready for cacophony of carnage in a living room near you – soon.

Source: Screen Rant


5. Patricia Arquette is set to play Mary Guibert, mother of Jeff Buckley in director Jake Scott's untitled biopic of the singer.

Reeve Carney will portray the singer-songwriter who died under tragic circumstances, aged thirty in 1997.

According to Variety:

“Arquette will be seen in both flashback and present day as Guibert, who convinces her son to attend his father's 1991 tribute concert "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which is widely recognized as Jeff Buckley's first real public appearance in New York.”

Source: Variety


6. Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Walken look set to star in Freezing People Is Easy, a new film from director Errol Morris and screenwriter Zach Helm.

Kristen Wiig stars in Freezing People Is Easy

According to Deadline:

“Inspired by the memoir We Froze The First Man and an episode of This American Life, the film tells the true story of Bob Nelson, a 1960s Los Angeles television repairman who tried to pioneer the field of cryogenics by freezing humans. He quickly discovered that it was more difficult than he imagined.”

The cryogenic comedy looks set to start shooting in mid-2012, and it could be one of the reasons why Bridesmaids 2 has been de-Wiiged.

Source: Deadline


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

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