News Briefs: Suddenly Popular, Mel Gibson to Reteam with Vince Vaughn

Hacksaw Ridge

Dragged Across Concrete: Mel Gibson, who was just touted to join the comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, is now on tap to reunite with Vince Vaughn in a thriller by a very exciting new talent. Gibson directed Vaughn in the Academy Award-nominated Hacksaw Ridge (above); the two will star together as disgraced police officers in Dragged Across Concrete, which follows them as they descend into the criminal underworld. S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) has written the script and will direct. [THR]

The U.S. vs John Lennon

John Lennon: Yoko Ono will produce a movie that focuses on her romantic relationship with the late John Lennon (photo above from documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon). Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) will write the script. The movie will not only tell of Lennon and Ono’s love story but also their activism in the late 1960s and 1970s. [Deadline]


Paterson: Jim Jarmusch’s wonderful indie film Paterson stars Adam Driver as a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. The movie, which was filmed in Paterson, opened at the Fabian 8 Cinema in Paterson last week, the only movie theater in town, and “sold 40 percent more tickets” than any other title playing, easily surpassing Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Tom Arnold, the theater’s general manager, says: “It doubled what I was expecting.” The movie will be held over for at least one more week at the theater. []

Fist Fight

Fist Fight Trailer: A new red-band trailer for Fist Fight is filled with profanities, graphic imagery and much adult-oriented humor that makes it NSFW (not safe for work). Charlie Day stars as a high school teacher who is challenged to a fist fight by another teacher (Ice Cube). The comedy opens in theaters on February 17. [Movieclips]