Kurt Sutter

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Over the course of its development, the boxing drama Southpaw has become just about as much of an underdog as the fighter who serves as its main character. What started out as a sports drama that was supposed to star Eminem and be tied closely to his experiences coming up in the rap world has now slipped through the hands of several studios and lost its original star, but still seems to be fighting to earn the right to go in front of cameras and become a real life feature film. And probably with good reason, because it was put together by a couple of talented people. From the very beginning this film was going to be helmed by Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, and back when it was in development at DreamWorks it got a script that was penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, so clearly there has to be some material here worth salvaging. Despite the project’s pedigree, however, it’s already been dropped by DreamWorks, picked up by MGM, and then eventually put into turnaround there. But with its recent acquisition by the Weinstein Company, it’s looking like there finally might be some new work being done in the casting department that could actually lead to getting this movie made.

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A couple months back it was reported that in between will-he-won’t-he work sessions on his often talked about, never produced Tupac Shakur biopic, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua would be making a boxing drama called Southpaw starring rapper turned occasional actor Eminem. The film was said to be about a lower class welterweight boxer struggling through drama in his daily life and boxing career on the way to greatness. It had a script by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter that was loosely based on Eminem’s own rise in the rap world, it was financially back by DreamWorks, and it was all set to start shooting in January. Sound like smooth sailing right? Not so fast. Suddenly DreamWorks has pulled out of the project and left it back in the hands of its creators to shop around to other studios for funding. Deadline River Rouge reports the studio’s decision, but doesn’t have anything to offer other than speculation as to why they may have backed out. It’s strange for a studio to drop a project like this that already has script, star, and director packaged up and ready to go. Theoretically, Fuqua and company should be able to find somebody else to set them up pretty quick, seeing as most of the heavily lifting has already been done and all they need is some funding. And I hope that’s true, because I just don’t want to live in a world where the entertainment industry’s preeminent white rapper can’t get a […]

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a movie news column that wonders: “does your daddy know that it sneaks into your room every night?” In a slightly less creepy description, it’s a column that, as of tonight, is of two minds: one that thinks about movie news and is seemingly on vacation, and another that is all about television. Like The Adventures of Pete and Pete. No, seriously. Tonight’s top story is an imperfect first look at Colin Farrell in the Len Wiseman directed reboot of Total Recall. Some sites are dedicating primo space to such an image, so I thought I’d throw it up there because it’s a decent sized fish on a day where news has been flowing into our nets plentifully. In other non-fishing references, the Total Recall character looks a lot like plain old Colin Farrell. Nothing to see here, I suppose.

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Every TV season there are a select group of people that really stand out above the rest. People that really push their shows to a place that no one expects. People that take the medium of television and spin it on its head. And that’s why sometimes they need the love that the Emmys just refuse to give. And with that, I bring you The Top 10 TV Big Shots of 2010-2011. Let’s celebrate these creative minds and their teams in no particular order.

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Things are about to go off in the quiet town of Charming, and before all is said and done, someone’s blood will be shed. SAMCRO will put the final part of their plan into motion to get Jimmy and take him out for good. Jax and Stahl will also set their plan into motion as Jax goes full on rat to protect the club he loves so dearly. Gemma will attempt to make a life altering decision for the sake of Jax, Clay and the rest of the club. And Tara will discover something that could alter Jax’s life forever.

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SAMCRO has returned from Ireland, but before he can get a moments rest, Jax and the rest of the gang are out on a man hunt for Salazar who has left the fate of Tara unknown, and Jax in emotional disarray. Her only hope will come from the one man who has been trying to take down SAMCRO for well over a year now. Jimmy O will also continue his search for freedom out of his Irish hell hole. And before the episode is over, one person will make a decision that could destroy them, and everyone they have ever associated with, and could bring down SAMCRO in the process.

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SAMCRO is in the home stretch of their stint in Ireland, and before all is said and done the fate of Abel & Jimmy O will be decided. Stahl will also come to action once learning the truth about Tara’s abduction. To her the goal is simple… save Tara to save her deal with Jax. Unser will also get some shocking news that will lead him on a war path with Hale at the top of his to do list. And before the episode is over, one person will make a choice that they might not be able to come back from…

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Jax, Clay and the rest of SAMCRO are on a vendetta after having their entire crew nearly blown apart courtesy of Jimmy and his boys. But things take a turn for the worse when they finally learn the truth regarding their Irish brothers. Now the choice is clear, take down the betrayers, or lose any hope of finding Abel for good. Back in Charming, Piney, Tig & Kozic get a call that they could have done without. Salazar’s demands are simple, kill Álvarez. Well, simple of paper anyway. But not wanting to ruin the shaky truce between SAMCRO and the Mayans, the boys decide to make a move that could put Tara in even further danger.

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With each waking moment in Belfast without a single clue as to Abel’s whereabouts, Jax is becoming more and more restless. He wants answers, and he wants them now. So after getting word on a possible location of Jimmy, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO head on a protection run with the rest of the Belfast charter in the hope for answers… But what the get themselves into is something they could have never seen coming. Meanwhile back in Charming, Tig, Kozic and the rest of the boys are out for answers as to who harmed Lumpy the night before. But the political mess they stumble on will lead to an ending no one could have seen coming.

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The time has come, the gang has made it to Ireland. But the red carpet has long been rolled up for the Sons. Instead, they’re greeted by some very unsavory characters. But things eventually settle down long enough for SAMCRO to meet up with the Belfast charter. At the same time, Jacob Hale is looking to push a business owner under the protection of SAMCRO out of Charming. But the people he hires to get the job done are non to pleased. Tig and Kozik will also come one step closer to settling their beefs with one another, but some fists will be flying before that happens. Tara will also be asked to help a friend, and this favor could change her life forever.

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SAMCRO is prepping for a trip to Ireland when everything goes to s**t in the quiet town of Charming. Tara will finally make a call on her relationship with Jax, or so she thinks and Gemma will get some heart stopping news down the Irish pipeline. The Grim Bastards will make a discovery that could put the entire Mayan/Sons pact in jeopardy before the ink on the deal is even dry. And before the dust clears, someone is going to pay the ultimate price. Gemma along with Tara will make a choice that could jeopardize the future of the entire MC. And one of them will be forced to take the brunt of the bullet laid before them.

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SAMCRO needs to find a way to get to Belfast. So with the help of a local or two, Clay believes he has found a way. But surprises come when news about the Sons’ upcoming bail hearing leaves Clay with a major sense of Glee. Jax will also begin his pact with the Devil starting with the coaching of Gemma to get her off the homicide charges. He will also make a decision that will affect him, Tara, and Abel forever. The Sons will also make deals and bring on new members that will cause ripples throughout the series.

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Another week has gone by and the Sons don’t seem to be any closer to finding Abel than they were in week one. But things are about to change after Gemma receives a phone call that puts her into cardiac arrest. Now it’s an information game between the now in custody Gemma, the Feds and the Sons and the only question is, who will get there first? Stahl also returns to offer the deal of a lifetime, or rather the deal that will put her career back on track. But things won’t go as planned for her and by the end she’ll make a deal of her own that will send everything in a tail spin. And Tara will reveal a secret she’s been hiding from Jax for a very long time.

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SAMCRO is headed to Canada, but not without making a few stops first. But these stops will back the MC into some really tight corners. Gemma is going to have to make a choice that she will ultimately regret, and by the end of the episode, she will learn a truth no one wanted her to know. Jax and Clay will also learn a truth that might send them off the deep end. Piney and Bobby will be dropped into a deadly game of hide and seek, and Tara will be forced to finally accept her role as Jax’s old lady.

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While the Irish try to decide what to do with Abel now that Cameron is out of the picture, Jax, Clay and the rest of the Sons of Anarchy decide to head to Canada to get Abel back… but that’s only the tip of their problems. Clay, while attempting to get intel on the Mayan’s drug push into Charming, makes a deal for some guns that he can’t afford. So the MC taps the local Kara-Kara gang for some porn star fetish parties to afford the guns. Gemma will also be forced to deal with the situation involving her father’s Caretaker, and Nate will make a choice that will affect his sanity forever.

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After a deadly shoot out at half-sacks wake, SAMCRO has entered hunting season for info about who ordered the hit. But the answer puts the MC into a much bigger dilemma than any of them realized. Also, after a high level of scheming, SAMCRO finds a way to get some information regarding Hayes whereabouts. But Cameron himself get’s a surprise that he doesn’t see coming. Unser will also be asked to make a choice between the town he loves dearly, and the MC that protects it.

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It’s been close to a week since Abel’s kidnapping and Jax is mentally broken, possibly beyond repair. When Clay and the rest of SAMCRO get a lead on the Irishman’s whereabouts, they suit up and head to a dock outside of town. But what they find isn’t what they were hoping for. At the same time, Gemma is still on the run thanks to ATF Agent Stahl. But she refuses to stay put for too long and heads to the one place she was sure she would never go back to. It all leads to the most shocking ending of any episode. And so begins season 3 of Sons of Anarchy.

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Sons of Anarchy is a single-camera drama on FX about a California based biker gang. The show has been met with huge success and will enter its third season this year. Starring Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam, the show takes a look at the real world crime life of outlaw biker gangs, while at the same time delivering the story of Hamlet. In case you’re new to the series here’s what you missed… And what’s ahead. Where We Left Off: Last season was an emotional tail spin for the club. Between Gemma’s rape, Opie learning the truth behind Donna’s death, Jax’s attempts to legitimize the club’s business ventures, Gemma being framed for murder, Luann’s murder, Zoebell’s attempts to destroy SAMCRO, an exploding minivan, Half-Sack’s death and Abel’s kidnapping, I’m amazed everyone didn’t just go boom last year. Well, a few of them did anyway.

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Sons of Anarchy

When one SOA member is arrested for murder and another goes missing, Jax must choose between friendship and the club. Meanwhile, Abel grows stronger and is soon to be released from the NICU, but he’s not the only one coming home.

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Sons of Anarchy: The Pull

With ATF agent Stahl pressing the women of Samcro, Jax sees Chief Unser as the key to the club?s salvation.

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