19 items from 2015
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
In case you haven’t noticed, NBC has gone back to the “Golden Age of Television” - a period during the 1950’s - with live TV versions of popular Broadway musicals. First there was "The Sound of Music," and, more recently, "Peter Pan" with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Though both programs were derided, especially "Peter Pan" (which, from the brutal reviews, sounded like the unintentional laugh riot of the year – too bad I missed it), both did very well for NBC. So why not keep doing them? Originally, the network announced that their next live TV Broadway musical extravaganza was going to be "The Music Man," but NBC »
Last month’s Peter Pan Live got plenty of attention, attracting some 9.1 million viewers, but it was still a step down from 2013′s The Sound of Music Live, which got 18.5 million. And according to NBC, it’s all Allison Williams and Christopher Walken‘s fault. The network blamed the actors’ lack of star power for the […]
- Angie Han
Peter Pan Live! had the makings of a hit after the success of The Sound of Music—Christopher Walken as a singing and dancing Captain Hook! Allison Williams to draw the millennials! But NBC’s second attempt at a live production fell far from what was expected of it. Who’s to blame for the low ratings of Peter Pan Live? »
- Natalie Abrams
After years and years of making fans wait, Sony Pictures and David Spade have been making moves to bring the magic of Joe Dirt back to its fans. Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser has been in the pipeline since early last year, and it's set to become what Sony Pictures Television has labeled as, "the first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture" thanks to its plans to distribute through Crackle . While Spade was obviously game for returning, and Christopher Walken is back for the ride as well, there was always a question of just who else would be willing to return as well. We now have the answer to that burning question, as an official press releases from Sony has been issued, and it lists that not only are David Spade and Christopher Walken obviously in, but so are their Joe Dirt co-stars Dennis Miller, Brittany Daniel, and »
Following in the footsteps of every major movie studio and setting release dates for two and three years into the future, Walt Disney Pictures has recently updated its release schedule to include Pete’s Dragon and Ghost in the Shell alongside some minor adjustments to the release dates for some of its other major films.
First up is Pete’s Dragon, which is about to head into production with a cast that includes Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. It will open August 12, 2016, putting it opposite Universal’s Dirty Grandpa and Legendary’s Spectral. Sounds like August 2016 will bring something for the entire family.
Ghost in the Shell will not see the light of day until April 14, 2017, which is hardly surprising given that Scarlett Johansson has only just signed on to lead the film. Right now it remains the only film in that spot in April, but it’s still »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After the jump: Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer Seth […]
- Angie Han
Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair] Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison »
- Jennifer Maas
Disney has pushed back the release of The Jungle Book to April 2016.
However, Disney has now confirmed that the film, currently in production, will now open on April 15, 2016.
The move comes just a month after Warner Bros announced that its own planned adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's story had been pushed back to October 2017.
Meanwhile, the studio also confirmed that Pete's Dragon will arrive in cinemas on August 12, 2016, with DreamWorks' remake of Ghost in the Shell following on April 14, 2017. »
Walt Disney Pictures has handed out new release dates for the upcoming projects Ghost in the Shell and Pete's Dragon, while swapping dates for The Jungle Book and The Finest Hours. Ghost in the Shell will hit theaters on April 14, 2017, while Pete's Dragon debuts August 12, 2016. The Jungle Book has moved from October 9, 2015 to April 15, 2016, with The Finest Hours taking the October 9 slot.
We reported last week that Scarlett Johansson will star in Ghost in the Shell, which currently has the April 14, 2017 date to itself. The project does fall between two other high-profile releases, Legendary's Pacific Rim 2 (April 7, 2017) and an untitled Universal Pictures monster movie (April 21, 2017). Rupert Sanders is directing Ghost in the Shell, which centers on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission covert unit that specializes in fighting cyber-crime.
Pete's Dragon will be going up against Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa, Sony's Sausage Party and Universal's Spectral on August 12, 2016, with Warner Bros. »
Crackle announced today during the TCA Winter Tour that Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser will feature the return of Joe Dirt stars Christopher Walken, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller and Adam Beach. They will join David Spade as the title charaacter, along with new cast members Patrick Warburton and Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath. No character details were given for the new casting additions at this time. Take a look at the official press release below for more details.
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television's streaming service and television network, announced today that Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can, Pulp Fiction), Dennis Miller (Dennis Miller Live, Thank You for Smoking), Brittany Daniel (The GameSweet Valley High), Mark McGrath (Extra), and Patrick Warburton (Sequestered, Rules of Engagement), join David Spade (Rules of Engagement) in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, the first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture. The long-awaited »
It has been announced by Disney today that Ghost in the Shell will be released on April 14th, 2017. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing from a script which was written by Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Scarlett Johansson is attached to star in Dreamworks' adaptation of the Japanese anime/magna. In other release date news, Jon Favreau's live action/CGI adatation of The Jungle Book has now been pushed back and won't reach us until April 15th, 2016. Scarlett Johansson will also be in that movie, as will Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong'o, and Ben Kingsley. Are you looking forward to these movies? »
There’s going to be even more Fosters — as in episodes, not adopted kids.
ABC Family has renewed the drama for Season 3, the network announced on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to be making more episodes of The Fosters – a show that has not only garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards but resonates with our passionate and committed audience,” ABC Family’s Evp of Programming and Development Karey Burke said in a statement.
Season 2B of The Fosters debuts Jan. 19 at 8/7c.
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As the legal battle between Marvin Gaye’s estate and the songwriters (er, songwriter) behind “Blurred Lines” finally prepares to go to trial, it is a little funny that the No. 1 song in America is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s similarly retro-suave “Uptown Funk.” In some ways, of course, this means poetic justice has been served. “Uptown Funk” is a better song than “Blurred Lines”; it wields its influences (Parliament, Morris Day, an unspecified era of Michelle Pfeiffer) with more panache, and more important, it does not give off the unsettling impression that it was written from the perspective of Christopher Walken’s creepy character from the SNL sketch “The Continental.” (Nine out of ten women agree: “Blurred Lines” sounds the way too much cologne smells.) Still, it’s hard to deny that “Uptown Funk” trafficks in the same kind of soulful, fleet-footed nostalgia that got Thicke and Pharrell »
- Lindsay Zoladz
Crackle renewed Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for Season 6 and announced the full cast of “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” at the Television Critics Association event Tuesday in Pasadena.
Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated series will include Jason Alexander, Aziz Ansari, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Howard Stern and Kevin Hart. The web series will return this spring with Seinfeld as host and executive producer.
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos)
- Alicia Banks
When "Taken" was first released, nobody thought that it would lead to anything, much less an insanely lucrative franchise. It was a modestly budgeted thriller ($25 million) that was first released overseas, in France, where its core creative team was from and where the film was mostly set. It starred Liam Neeson, who at the time was not much of a box office draw, and had a grippingly simplistic story, the kind of stuff compulsively readable paperbacks novels are made of. But then it came out and connected with people in a big way, making more then $225 million and leading to a sequel that made even more. In an era when studios are trying to artificially manufacture franchises and entire universes, "Taken" came out of nowhere and lasted much longer than anyone could have guessed.
But just because something is a franchise, doesn't mean that it necessarily should be one. This »
- Drew Taylor
Adaptations are still holding firm at cinemas, with many impressive films coming our way in 2015 based on novels and comics.
Here are the ones we’re excited about in 2015:
Testament Of Youth (January)
Based on the Vera Brittain World War One memoir which sees her coming of age as war begins, this adaptation stars Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. It’s sure to pack an emotional punch and anyone already familiar with the memoir will know how much Vera goes through. The book goes into great detail about Vera’s life before, during and after the war and, as it is more than 600 pages, it will be interesting to see what is cut or amended for the film.
(Watch this space for more on the special BFI screening and Q&A of the film which will take place on Monday 12th January as we’ll be there with all the gossip! »
- Amanda Keats
Many broken men populate Clint Eastwood’s knotty cinematic sandbox. An inciting action forces them to brazenly jump from normal life in search of revenge or salvation, burying themselves in self-righteousness and self-pity along the way. Still, despite this stubborn resolve their endgame often hinges on a homecoming of sorts, whether it’s written in blood or tears. By the end of 2014, Eastwood will have released two new films in very different genres that complicate this motif. Both Jersey Boys and American Sniper examine elite professionals whose work takes them on the road, away from the domestic confines of family and femininity to an isolated place where chaotic situations are common. But instead of doing everything in their power to return home, these men manipulate the classic “hero’s journey” as a selfish way to avoid the complex perspectives of those they’ve left behind or forgotten. Being on tour »
- Glenn Heath Jr.
19 items from 2015
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