Marlon Wayans

That Richard Pryor biopic that’s seemingly been in the works since before Pryor was born? Well, it might actually be moving forward, with a director and a shortlist of three potential actors and a giant wheelbarrow full of money to fund it. The director? Lee Daniels. The actors? Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans and Michael B. Jordan. The group filling farm equipment with legal tender?  The Weinstein Company, which has come on board to finance the entire project. There’s a lot to think about here. The big issue might seem to be Daniels’ involvement, and one could discuss that until the cows come home (if Lee Daniels lived on a farm, which I’m assuming he doesn’t). Daniels isn’t known for his funny bone, and a biopic about a stand-up comedian would have to at least acknowledge that jokes exist and that people do this thing called “laughing” after hearing them. But that’s only one half of the story. The other half involves those three fellows up for the starring role, and the humongous differences between each one. So let’s break ‘em down one by one.

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Before he taught Mickey Rourke how to wrestle or Natalie Portman how to Adagio, Darren Aronofsky was showing Jared Leto how to shoot up. Requiem For a Dream was the director’s second feature film – Pi came out in 1998 – and his position as an auteur began to grow from there. Some consider Requiem Aronofsky’s best film. Regardless if you find it engaging or grotesque, there’s no denying the man’s direction on the film is something to be appreciated. Even studied. So let’s take a few minutes and hear what Aronofsky had to say about Requiem For a Dream. There’s bound to be wonderful anecdotes about the director skipping with Marlon Wayans down the Coney Island boardwalk or buying ice cream in the Central Park with Jennifer Connelly. Surely this commentary can’t include anything too serious. The movie has a giant refrigerator that dances and sings. It may be gnashing and screaming, but it’s all how you look at it, right? Anyway, let’s get into it. The uppers are about to kick in, anyway.

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According to Variety, Marlon Wayans will be co-directing and starring in Smart Ass – a piss take on the found footage genre. His last attempt in a long line of spoofs was the aggressively average Dance Flick. Now, he’s turning his attention to a fad that’s already tired and taking aim at Paranormal Activity and its cousins. Maybe returning to horror will be the key to success for the In Living Color comedian who once nailed down the 90s scares in Scary Movie. Essence Atkins – who was in Dance Flick and How High – will co-star. There’s no doubt that its a genre rife for parody, especially when it seems to parodying itself. Still, spoof movies have been tarnished completely by the Movie Movies, and it’s not like the Wayanses have kept their shine when it comes to the art. Hopefully there will be more to it than pop culture references that will instantly be dated and tired jokes that come too easily. Still, as any movie fan knows, there’s plenty to make fun of found footage for.

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Awesome Camera Rigs

It’s hard to get excited about something as technical as that thing that makes cameras not fall down on film sets, especially these days, when you can make a successful film without even going through the effort of picking up a camera at all. Even if you are shooting a live action film, thanks to the realism of CGI, computers are now able to put a lens wherever you need it to be – this is why I think we need to take a second to celebrate some of the hard working pieces of lightweight metal that were behind a few of the more bitchin’ shots out there. These rigs got the shot done, computers be damned!

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Thanks to the Hollywood Insider, we’re almost sure that one of the less-than-generic Wayans brothers, Marlon, will play Richard Pryor in Happy Madison Productions/Sony Pictures’s forthcoming Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said.

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The time has come — and in the case of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, seeing it for yourself is half the battle.

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Neil pretty much hit the nail on the head with his review, but we figure ‘G.I. Joe’s’ big enough to warrant an affirmation: Ignore the renewed bad buzz: The movie’s a lot of fun.

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Kevin Carr breaks down the week’s releases, looking at G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Julie & Julia, and A Perfect Getaway.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin throws some hatred Neil’s way for being one of the few critics in the country to be allowed to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA. They put their differences aside for a brief moment to discuss the alien holocaust movie known as Julie & Julia.

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Our resident sex columnist is back in the saddle. Woah, not that kind of saddle. And what’s turning her on this week? G. I. Joe. Atta girl!

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Paramount Pictures has released the full press kit for next week’s release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Included in said press kit was 28 high resolution photos from the film and the production.

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Paramount Pictures has released yet another featurette from behind the scenes of their upcoming film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra that shows director Stephen Sommers in Paris, talking about one of the pivotal action sequences of his film.

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Another new trailer for the Paramount Pictures release G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has hit the ole interwebs today, courtesy of someone who wanted us to see it before it is available in HD from one of the usual sources.

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A new extended TV trailer and several new character posters have begun to emerge today for Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. And I stand by my assessment that this film could very well turn out to be fun.

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MTV has debuted a brand new 45-second clip from Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra this week in anticipation of tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, where an extended clip will be shown alongside clips from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Twilight: New Moon and others.

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Find out if Dance Flick is more like Don’t Be a Menace or, hell, like White Chicks.

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Good news! Marlon Wayans is still alive, and will follow up appearances in this summer’s G.I. Joe with a starring role in the adaptation of “The Year of Living Biblically.”

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The folks over at HissTank.com have posted a first look at the M.A.R.S. Troopers in director Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. These masked troops are said to operate with ‘supreme skill and extreme force.’

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Snake Eyes just might be the only cool thing in GI Joe: Rise of Cobrao

Kevin Carr reports from the GI Joe panel at Comic-Con while Robert Fure unleashes a fit of rage at the new movie’s production design and potential plot.

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IESB got a chance to chat with the Transformers producer about his next project, a little adaptation of G.I. Joe

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