Newswire: Coen brothers to rewrite that ill-timed Scarface remake

Giorgio Moroder’s score notwithstanding, Brian De Palma’s 1983 version of Scarface was always a bad idea—a sensationalized, extremely bloated remake of one of definitive gangster movies, with a glazed, hammy Al Pacino in the lead role. (Fortunately, both De Palma and Pacino made up for Scarface’s sins with Carlito’s Way, a genuinely great film.) And remaking De Palma’s version is an even worse idea in light of the current political situation, seeing as its protagonist, Tony Montana, is a two-for-one special of modern-day nationalist bogeymen: a dangerously un-vetted refugee and a murderous Latino stereotype.

But, hey, Scarface remains popular, and it’s not like Universal gets to collect royalties on all those rap lyrics and unlicensed beach towels. The studio has been trying to get the remake project going since at least 2011, and last year attached Antoine Fuqua—a specialist in turning titles …

‘Deception’: Jack Cutmore-Scott To Play the Lead In ABC Pilot From Berlanti Prods.

Former Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life star Jack Cutmore-Scott has landed the lead role in ABC pilot Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak and the Blindpot team of creator Martin Gero, magician David Kwong, Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods.
Cutmore-Scott stars as superstar magician Cameron Black. When his career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception…

Newswire: Nick Offerman opens his woodworking shop to This Old House

Nick Offerman is almost as well known for talking wood as he is for his long run on Parks And Recreation, or his enviable marriage to Megan Mullally. Offerman previously provided a look into his wood shop with a SoulPancake-produced video, but now he’s inviting PBS viewers to take a gander. Ask This Old House dropped by Offerman’s wood shop, and in this sneak peek of the upcoming episode, host Kevin O’Connor talks animal housing with Offerman.

Offerman offers some helpful advice to all those saplings out there who might think they’re too green to become craftspeople, saying that it all begins with one project. It could be a bird house, a dog house, or a cow house—wait, we think that last one’s a barn. Anyway, you’ll have to check your local listings (here’s a link) to confirm just when the episode …

Universal’s ‘Scarface’ Reboot To Hit Big Screen In August 2018

Universal’s reboot of Scarface will open on August 10, 2018. The studio already had RSVP’ed the date under untitled event film. The Coen brothers are rewriting the script, the studio said.
It’s a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series). Martin Bregman, who produced the 1983 film starring Al Pacino, serves in the same capacity in the telling of this generation’s gangster…