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The Week in Movie News: ‘Face/Off’ Remake in the Works, First ‘Midway’ Trailer and More

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Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Face/Off remake in the works: Who will fill the shoes — er, faces — of Nicolas Cage and John Travolta’s characters in a remake of their 1997 action sci-fi hit Face/Off? Deadline reported that Paramount has tapped screenwriter Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) for a new version of the John Woo-helmed movie about an FBI agent and a terrorist who swap mugs. ...

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Back to One, Episode 74: Wyatt Russell

Despite growing up in a Hollywood family, Wyatt Russell didn’t seriously consider pursing acting until an injury ended his professional Hockey career. In a few years he’s managed to cultivate a subtle and distinct style in comedies (22 Jump Street), dramas (Overlord) and a unique and unclassifiable series that lies someone between (AMC’s Lodge 49). In this episode, he talks about embodying the lovable Dud in that series, embracing an enunciation lesson from Joe Wright, getting “caught watching” Michael Parks, plus much more! Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and […]
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Back to One, Episode 74: Wyatt Russell

Despite growing up in a Hollywood family, Wyatt Russell didn’t seriously consider pursing acting until an injury ended his professional Hockey career. In a few years he’s managed to cultivate a subtle and distinct style in comedies (22 Jump Street), dramas (Overlord) and a unique and unclassifiable series that lies someone between (AMC’s Lodge 49). In this episode, he talks about embodying the lovable Dud in that series, embracing an enunciation lesson from Joe Wright, getting “caught watching” Michael Parks, plus much more! Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and […]
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‘Face/Off’ Reboot in the Works at Paramount

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‘Face/Off’ Reboot in the Works at Paramount
The 1997 action movie “Face/Off,” which starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, is getting a reboot.

Paramount has hired “22 Jump Street” screenwriter Oren Uziel to pen the script with Neal Moritz producing. David Permut, who was a producer on the original film, will executive produce. No actors or director has yet boarded the reboot.

John Woo directed the original movie from Mike Werb and Michael Colleary’s script. Travolta and Cage played FBI agent Sean Archer and terrorist Castor Troy, respectively, who each took on the other’s physical appearance via surgery in a complicated story triggered by the assassination of Archer’s son by Troy.

“Face/Off” also starred Joan Allen, Gina Gershon and Alessandro Nivola as Troy’s brother. The film, which carried an $80 million budget, was a solid performer with a $245 million global gross. Woo went on to direct “Mission: Impossible II,” “Windtalkers” and “Paycheck” in the next six years.
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Face/Off Remake In Development at Paramount

David Crow Sep 9, 2019

A peachy Face/Off remake is in the works at Paramount. No word yet if it will include white doves.

Anyone got a light? Because things are surely about to get lit on the big screen when two actors inevitably step into roles made ludicrous-iconic by Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in the visage of a new Face/Off remake.

Word of the film came early Monday evening when Deadline broke that Paramount Pictures is set on resurrecting the beloved ‘90s action classic with a new cast of characters, and the studio has tapped Oren Uziel to write the screenplay. Uziel’s previous credits promisingly include 22 Jump Street… and less promsingly The Cloverfield Paradox and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Face/Off is of course the preposterous and so dumb-it’s-brilliant action spectacle that remains director John Woo’s best Hollywood effort. The movie told the story of
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Paramount to Reboot John Woo ’90s Action Hit ‘Face/Off’

  • The Wrap
Paramount is developing a reboot of John Woo’s 1997 action hit “Face/Off,” which starred John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in a cat-and-mouse thriller that sees the two actors exchange roles.

Oren Uziel is attached to write the script for the reboot with Neal Moritz producing. The pair previously worked together in the same roles on “22 Jump Street” and Paramount’s upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation, which hits theaters in February.

Face/Off” starred Travolta as Sean Archer, a federal agent bent on revenge after terrorist Castor Troy, played by Cage, killed his son. After another incident puts Troy in a coma, Archer agrees to a bizarre plan that involves using experimental surgery to give him Troy’s body, face and voice, and then going to a max security prison to convince Troy’s partners to reveal the location of a bomb.

But while Archer is in prison, Troy breaks out
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'Face/Off' Reboot in the Works at Paramount

Paramount is bringing back Face/Off. The high-concept action film is getting a reboot via 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage starred in the 1997 action-thriller from John Woo, which centers on two arch enemies exchanging each other's identities (and faces). The story follows FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta), who is tracking down terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). When Troy boards a plane in Los Angeles that crashes and is severely injured, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy's in order to go undercover as the criminal....
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Review: Brittany Runs a Marathon

by Lynn Lee

A surprise breakout and audience favorite at Sundance earlier this year, Brittany Runs a Marathon now faces a challenge nearly as daunting as that of the title character’s – namely, overcoming the late summer movie doldrums and getting the attention of potential viewers who are already turning their thoughts to school, football, Oscar contenders, and other harbingers of fall. Can this tiny indie picture – with a newbie director and no big names attached – become the sleeper hit it’s clearly angling to be through word of mouth and savvy social media marketing? Having seen the movie, which I found quite charming if predictable and a bit lightweight, I’ll volunteer a cautious “maybe.”

Brittany’s chief assets are a winning star turn from Jillian Bell (most familiar to mainstream audiences as the acerbic scene-stealer of 22 Jump Street), who moves confidently from comic sidekick to funny Everywoman lead,
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Win Free Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Brittany Runs A Marathon

Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody’s best friend ― except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon. Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Tony Award nominee Micah Stock, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Alice Lee and Lil Rel Howery.

Now in select theaters and everywhere September 13.

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10 Things We Learned From 2019’s Summer Movie Season

10 Things We Learned From 2019’s Summer Movie Season
A franchise that started in 2006.

A franchise that started in 2014.

A 1992 film, remade.

A franchise that started in 1954.

A franchise that started in 2016.

A franchise that started in 1997.

A franchise that started in 1995.

The third big-screen version of a franchise that started in 2002.

A 1994 film, remade.

A franchise that started in 2001.

A franchise that started in 2013.

If you felt déjà vu at the multiplex recently, you’re not imagining things: Above is a description of almost every single movie that landed at No. 1 on the weekend box office charts this summer.
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Some Key Supporting Actors Returning to Reprise Their Roles in Multiple Disney+ Series

D23 is rolling out the news! Some of the info gathered today was that in many of the Marvel series we are getting at the streaming service Disney+ this November, we can expect to see some familiar faces from the sidelines of the Marvel movies. First up is Emily VanCamp, who will reprise her role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter. She will be appearing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, that will follow the characters played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.

Next up is Kat Dennings, who will play Darcy Lewis in WandaVision, her role from the first Thor films. WandaVision will follow the characters of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in an unknown plot. Then we have Randall Park, the hilarious FBI agent Jimmy Woo from Ant-man and the Wasp, who will return as that character, also in WandaVision.
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Emily VanCamp, Kat Dennings, Randall Park Will Reprise Marvel Roles in Disney Plus Series

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Marvel is bringing back some of the best of its supporting cast and adding some new star power for its upcoming series on streaming service Disney Plus.

At the D23 Expo event Friday in Anaheim, Marvel announced that Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Shield agent Sharon Carter in the upcoming action drama “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” The miniseries will tell the story of a new adventure featuring characters played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in the “Captain America” and “Avengers” movies. VanCamp played the role of Sharon Carter in the feature film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Kat Dennings will return as Darcy Lewis in “WandaVision,” marking Dennings’ third appearance, which she most recently portrayed in “Thor: The Dark World.” Though the plot of the forthcoming series is still unknown, it was announced Friday that “WandaVision” will be a hybrid action series-sitcom. Randall Park, who
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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Director Paul Downs Colaizzo on Why Jillian Bell Was Perfect for the Role

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Director Paul Downs Colaizzo on Why Jillian Bell Was Perfect for the Role
Brittany Runs a Marathon” director Paul Downs Colaizzo searched near and far for the perfect actress to take the lead role in his movie that is loosely based on his best friend, Brittany. When Jillian Bell came along, he first thought she might not have the dramatic chops to do so — but he was quickly proven wrong.

“I was meeting with actresses and I met up with Jillian Bell in Brooklyn and she was instantly protective over the character,” Colaizzo told TheWrap. “I knew Jillian as a comedic actress and I was a huge fan of ’22 Jump Street.’ When we met, it was a big question mark if she could pull it off just based on the work I’ve known from her. In sitting with her and discussing how I saw the character being played and how the tone needed to be involved, she was on the same page.
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Meet the Real-Life Inspiration Behind Jillian Bell's Brittany Runs a Marathon

Meet the Real-Life Inspiration Behind Jillian Bell's Brittany Runs a Marathon
Brittany O’Neill has experienced two unique life changes in the last decade.

First, she decided to take charge of her health and trained for the New York marathon, shedding 60 pounds in the process and altering her career path. Second, her close friend and former roommate, writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo, decided to write a movie about her experience.

That film, Brittany Runs a Marathon, is about to open in theaters.

O’Neill went from running zero miles to 26.2, and from a career in theater to one in human rights. She is still trying to wrap her head around the fact that the movie exists,
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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Film Review: Jillian Bell Gets Welcome Showcase in Indie Comedy

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Film Review: Jillian Bell Gets Welcome Showcase in Indie Comedy
It’s no surprise that the most interesting aspect of “Brittany Runs a Marathon” is right there in the title. But it’s a little disappointing to find that the least interesting element is, too. Had writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo focused purely on Brittany herself, he might have made a minor indie classic. But when he turns his attention to that marathon, he gets pulled too far off track.

If Brittany is the best thing about this movie, it’s because she’s played by Jillian Bell, who is swiftly becoming indispensable. After lots of eye-catching supporting or ensemble roles, she’s landed a showcase. And she’s more than ready to make the most of it.

When we first meet Brittany, she’s delightfully relatable. Which is to say: she’s a grumpy, broke, insecure, perennially hungover millennial, and so determined to score some Adderall that she’s scheduled
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Jillian Bell on ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’: ‘This Was the Movie I Wanted to See When I Was 13’

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Jillian Bell on ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’: ‘This Was the Movie I Wanted to See When I Was 13’
Jillian Bell takes the lead in “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” landing her first starring role in the Sundance hit.

“I feel very lucky and the project feels very special, very near and dear to my heart. We’re so proud of what we made,” Bell told Variety at the film’s premiere on Thursday night in Los Angeles. “I feel lucky even when I get to do a small part in anything and to have this be my first title lead role, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

After stealing scenes in “22 Jump Street,” “Workaholics,” “The Night Before” and “Office Christmas Party,” Bell plays the titular character in the film, a young woman who finds herself prepping to run the New York City Marathon. Writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo adapted the story from the true-life tale of his best friend, Brittany O’Neill.

“I just felt like I knew who she was.
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Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout

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Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout
Jillian Bell is a comedic force who steals scenes with a delivery that slides effortlessly between perky and profane. She’s been an unlikely drug dealer in “22 Jump Street,” a shrewd pimp in “Office Christmas Party,” even an aunt who gets attacked by a vampire poodle in “Goosebumps.” What she’s never played, however, is the lead role.

“A lot of times my character comes in, says something funny and then roots on the leading woman before leaving after talking about her cats or something,” says Bell.

Those days of appearing as the best friend or the quirky neighbor changed with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” an inspirational comedy about a twentysomething woman who turns her life around when she decides to give up a hard-partying lifestyle and start training. The little indie electrified the Sundance Film Festival, winning the audience award and igniting a bidding war that culminated in
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‘The Wrong Mans’: Pilot Not Going Forward At Showtime

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Showtime has decided not to proceed with its U.S. remake of The Wrong Mans, the comedy created by James Corden and Matthew Baynton.

The U.S. version was a half-hour single camera action comedy from The Late Late Show host Corden, Baynton, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods., Warner Bros. TV and BBC Studios.

The pilot starred House of LiesBen Schwartz, 22 Jump Street’s Jillian Bell and Shades of Blue’s Annie Chang. Written by Corden, Bayton and Veep and Man Seeking Woman writer Ian Maxtone-Graham, it was directed by the original series’ director Jim Field Smith.

The Wrong Mans follows two ordinary office workers who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: “If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife.” As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must
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Universal Locks Down Phil Lord & Chris Miller with First-Look Film Deal

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made unlikely hits out of The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street then scored an Oscar as producers on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, have officially set up shop at Universal with a first-look film production deal. According to Deadline, the new deal will see the duo's Lord Miller banner develop films based on "original content, existing IP, and other media formats with an emphasis on championing fresh voices." Basically, my first question is how soon can we rush Into the Hulk-a-Verse into production? Or Jurassic-Verse. Or, oh …
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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal

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Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Tap Aditya Sood To Spearhead Growing Film Ambitions As Studios Court Them For Overall Movie Deal
Exclusive: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have hired well regarded production executive Aditya Sood to become head of film for their Lord Miller banner. The move to secure the former Genre Films president comes at a key moment for filmmakers coming off the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Later this month, they will meet with all the major studios before deciding where to make their first overall movie deal. This comes after the duo set their TV operations at Sony Pictures Television in an epic-sized five-year deal last April.

Sood’s challenge will be to lead their motion picture group ambitions, with an emphasis on developing original and existing IP projects and championing fresh voices. Sood will lead a motion picture group staff that includes longtime film executives Will Allegra and Rebecca Karch who have been upped to Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively.

The Sood hiring seemed destined to happen at some point.
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