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Posts Tagged ‘Terrence Howard’

Jason Reitman’s Reservoir Dogs Rocks the LACMA House

One of the great things about Jason Reitman‘s “Live Read” series for Film Independent at LACMA is that the all-star sessions are never filmed or recorded for Internet posterity. It’s all about the audience surrendering to a live-performance moment. To bring that point home last night, curator Elvis Mitchell donned a pair of sunglasses and jokingly warned that anyone caught using a Smartphone in the audience would get a painful, personal visit from Laurence Fishburne.

Fishburne (pictured), seated center stage, was riveting as Mr. White, cranking out the first pair of Reservoir Dogs reading highlights: the injured-partner-in-the-car scene with Mr. Orange (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and the soulful significant-others discussion with jewelry store heist organizer Joe (Chi McBride). Bookending the all-black cast last night was Reitman, stage-left, who reads the script scene set-up info, and his Young Adult co-star Patton Oswalt, stage-right, who donned several comic relief hats as a radio DJ, policeman and more.

Terrence Howard put his own, seductive spin on the role of psychopath Mr. Blonde, played so memorably in the film by Michael Madsen. He also got one of the biggest laughs of the night when he came to page 59 and, in response to Reitman’s stage direction, told the audience, “I wasn’t ready to die yet.” Reitman quickly adjusted, expanding Quentin Tarantino‘s words to indicate a longer, drawn out death scene.

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San Rafael Developer Readies Law & Order: Los Angeles Game

The folks at Telltale Games in San Rafael have a healthy sense of humor. In echoing today’s press release news of their partnership with NBC Universal on a Law & Order: Los Angeles video game, they blogged a nod to some procedural character staples:

Early morning joggers, dock workers, and low-rent apartment superintendents have something to look forward to…

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Don Cheadle Will Take Over For Terrence Howard In ‘Iron Man 2′

Don Cheadle doncheadle.jpglooks like he’ll be filling in for Terrence Howard as the second banana in “Iron Man 2,” according to news reports.

Cheadle will step in to play Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark’s best friend who would also become the armor-clad hero War Machine.

Although there was no comment from Marvel Studios, The Hollywood Reporter says that sources close to the deal reported the negotiations fell through with Howard over financial differences, among other things.

The character of Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in “Iron Man 2.”

Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay with Jon Favreau to return as director and Robert Downey Jr. to step in again as Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts.

In The Trades: New Movies, New Shows, New Titles

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Francis Ford Coppola’s first film since 1997, Youth Without Youth, might be acquired by Tom Cruise’s United Artists. The film is based on a novel by Romanian anthropologist/historian Mircea Eliade. Coppola shot the film in Romania in 2006 for around $5 million. It’s said to be an “arty Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Pride, while following the script for inspirational sports movies, is better than most. First timer Sunu Gonera (he’d been a commercial director in Cape Town)directs Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac in the story of an African-American swim team that beats the odds.

National Geographic re-ups the Dog Whisperer and schedules Dino Autopsy, Fight Schience II, Naked Science and Taboo.

Preternaturally perky producer Lynda Obst re-teams with Marc Rosen for a new production company, housed at Paramount. While the usual Kate Hudson chick-flix are on the roster, they’re also doing Interstellar, a Spielberg-directed sci-fi movie.

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Apple will release the entire new season of The Andy Milonakis Show on iTunes, before the show airs on MTV. This time, Milonakis cavorts in LA.

Deanna Brown leaves Yahoo for Scripps where she’ll oversee the HGTV and Food Network sites as the president of the Interactive Group. She was another of those Yahoo hires who couldn’t seem to get anything really innovative greenlit. Is anyone left at Yahoo?
Stan Lee vs. Marvel in Super Hero Legal Battle.

Peter Bogdonovich and his biz manager are sued by some guy who claims he paid $100,000 to get his kid a PA job with the director. You’d think 100K would buy some sort of producer credit.