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Jason Bateman Extends First-Look Deal at Universal

30 July 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has extended Jason Bateman’s first-look producing deal through his Aggregate company through the end of 2017.

Bateman signed the initial deal in 2012. Aggregate and Bluegrass Films produced Melissa McCarthy’s “Identity Thief,” which grossed $139 million for Universal. Aggregate also produced Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words.”

Aggregate is also producing Fox Searchlight’s “Ipo Man” and an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal from a script by David Bar Katz. Aggregate is one of more than 20 first-look deals at Universal, including pacts with Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Vin Diesel, Chris Meledandri and Elizabeth Banks.

The company has also hired Aaron Schmidt as an executive. He had been a vice president at Kevin McCormick’s Warner Bros.-based Langley Park.

Bateman directed and stars in “The Family Fang” along with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. The drama, in which a brother and sister return to their family home after their world famous parents disappear, »

- Dave McNary

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Tiff First Looks: Nicole Kidman In ‘The Family Fang,’ Greta Gerwig In 'Maggie's Plan' And More

28 July 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Besides the big titles that are rightfully dominating the initial conversation around the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, there are smaller films that could always surprise, and here's some images from a couple. Read More: Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More    While he’s usually known as a straight man in comedies, Jason Bateman has been branching out into directing. His latest effort is a drama called “Family Fang” starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett and himself. Here’s the Tiff synopsis: After an unlikely accident, a pair of grown siblings (Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman) are compelled to move back in with their eccentric parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), professional practical jokers whose lifetime of public interventions have alienated their children. The Coen Brothers’ longtime collaborator Carter Burwell has written the »

- Edward Davis

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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Exclusive: Check out the pilot episode of Pacino & Walken: Roomies!

27 July 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

This ain't the Odd Couple! Pull up your cowbell and "Hoo-ah's" and settle in for the pilot episode of Walken and Pacino: Roomies, a new animated web series that puts two famed actors, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, together as roommates. The drama unfolds naturally and as expected in episode 1 as both Al and Christopher wonder how Robert De Niro is seemingly getting more parts... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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Movie Review – Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015)

27 July 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, 2015.

Directed by Fred Wolf.

Starring David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath, Christopher Walken and Dennis Miller.


When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present.

It’s been fourteen years now since Joe Dirt came out, during which the film has garnered a small cult following despite the fact that it’s not the greatest comedy to ever hit the sceen. I’ll be the first to admit that while I don’t find the original particularly good, there are some parts that do make me laugh and it’s something I can throw on everyone once in a while. Now here we are in 2015 and for whatever reason we’re getting a sequel that I’m pretty sure nobody asked for. We »

- Jake Peffer

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Ricki And The Flash In St. Louis

27 July 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki And The Flash.

In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

Ricki And The Flash opens in theaters on August 7, 2015.

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- Movie Geeks

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The Actors Who Could Have Starred In Films, But Didn’t

26 July 2015 3:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Wars famously takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and this week we found out about a parallel universe of casting in the film series. Neil Calloway looks at the actors who didn’t star in films, but could have…

The news that Michael Jackson wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels is bizarre, and I can’t quite decide whether he would have improved the character or completely ruined the franchise with his appearance. Perhaps the most interesting part is that Jackson wanted the character to be created with make up and prosthetics – he worked with make up genius Rick Baker on the video for Thriller – rather than the CGI preferred by Lucas. There are many, many issues with the Star Wars prequels, but one of them is the over reliance on computer effects on practical effects. So maybe »

- Neil Calloway

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'Game of Thrones' Writer to Pen Live-Action 'Sword in the Stone'

21 July 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Disney has added yet another beloved cartoon classic to its roster of upcoming live-action remakes: The Sword in the Stone.

Variety reports that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman will pen the updated take on the 1963 film. Originally written by Bill Peet — and based on T. H. White's book of the same name — The Sword in the Stone told King Arthur's fictionalized origin story as an orphan who proves himself worthy of royalty as he does the impossible by pulling a sword from a stone.

Cogman has written seven »

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Disney Plans Live-Action 'Aladdin' Prequel 'Genies'

16 July 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Disney will continue their recent spate of live-action reboots of classic animated films with Genies, a prequel to 1992's Aladdin centered around one such magical lamp-dweller, Variety reports.

The script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the team behind Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th; the pair also wrote the upcoming comedy O' Lucky Day, which will star Peter Dinklage. Tripp Vinson will produce the film through his production company Vinson Films, though Disney has yet to announce a director.

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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

16 July 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »

- ryanlambie

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Nicolas Cage in the final Superman suit from Tim Burton’s Superman Lives

16 July 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to the official Twitter page for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, we’ve got a new look at Nicolas Cage as he would have appeared in the final costume as the Man of Steel in Tim Burton’s ultimately-aborted 90s reboot Superman Lives…

See Also: Superman Lives concept art of Christopher Walken as Spider-Brainiac

So, not quite as hilarious as some of the previous images we’ve seen of Cage as Superman…

See Also: Watch the first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is set for a worldwide digital release on July 9th at www.tdoslwh.com.


- Gary Collinson

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Christian Slater: The Hollywood Flasback Interview

15 July 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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TV Review: ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’

14 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” is a great title, a good premise and a just-ok show. That’s in part because Denis Leary, who created and stars in the FX comedy, and even worked on the original songs, deviates from the aging-rock-god concept to incorporate a semi-touchy-feely, certainly sitcom-like element: his central character discovers he has a grown daughter he never knew, which provides him the excuse to reunite the band. Still fun in fits and starts, the series begins with enough energy to help it coast along, abetted by rock cameos that provide an additional helping of street cred.

Opening with what feels like a mockumentary section, the show quickly details the meteoric rise of the Heathens, a 1990 band headlined by Leary’s lead singer Johnny Rock and guitar player Flash (John Corbett), who teamed to write the group’s signature songs. But the band partied hard and flamed out, »

- Brian Lowry

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The Week in Spandex – San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Edition

13 July 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this  (abridged) edition of The Week in Spandex, we round up all the big superhero news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con…

Well, the curtain has fallen on the geek mecca that is San Diego Comic-Con for another year, and over the past four days we’ve been treated to a wealth of superhero movie and TV goodness, as Warner Bros. unveiled its two big superhero offerings of 2016 in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad as well as its ever-increasing roster of DC TV shows, 20th Century Fox showcased the upcoming release Fantastic Four, along with next year’s Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, and Marvel… well, Marvel decided to skip it this year, but we’ve still got some McU news, including promotional material for Ant-Man ahead of its arrival this Friday, and Wesley Snipes revealing that he’s held talks to reprise the role of Blade? »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: First 10 Minutes of 'The Death of 'Superman Lives'' As Movie is Released Exclusively Online

10 July 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Everything I know about Tim Burton's failed 1998 superhero film Superman Lives I've learned from Kevin Smith's great recollection in An Evening with Kevin Smith. Starring Nicolas Cage as the titular protagonist, kooky producer Jon Peters guiding it as long as he could and possibly hosting a giant spider in the third act, this would have been not only a wildly different take on the iconic Man of Steel but vastly eccentric from anything produced in the superhero genre then-or-now. Smith can only give one man's account, though, and like any movie there are more than a handful of people who need to come together to make it happen. To writer/director Jon Schnepp's credit, the filmmaker rounded up as many of those people as he could and successfully made a movie about one that failed to do so entirely. The film in question, The Death of "Superman »

- Will Ashton

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Superman Lives concept art of Christopher Walken as Spider-Brainiac

9 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Today sees the worldwide digital release of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? – a documentary that delves into the infamous failed Tim Burton project Superman Lives, which would have starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel – and some concept art from the aborted project has landed online today via Reddit, showing Christopher Walken as Brainiac. Or rather, Spider-Brainiac…

See Also: Watch test footage of Nicolas Cage in the Superman suit from Superman Lives

See Also: Watch the first ten minutes of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is available now via www.tdoslwh.com.


- Gary Collinson

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How to fix a failing movie franchise

7 July 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?

Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).

But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »

- simonbrew

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Crackle Debuts ‘Joe Dirt 2′ App To Give Users Digital Mullets

2 July 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Crackle is helping people worldwide turn themselves into hicks. Sony’s streaming video network has launched the Hick Yourself! app to promote the upcoming release of Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser on July 16, 2015.

The Hick Yourself! app allows users to add mullets, mustaches, and other white trash-inspired accessories (including a chainsaw) to a photo of themselves. The app’s users can upload their completed hick photos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As Variety notes, Crackle appropriately released Hick Yourself! on July 2, which is National Mullet Day.

Crackle’s Joe Dirt film is a made-for-digital sequel to the hit 2001 film starring David Spade as the titular mullet-wearing Southern redneck “hero.” Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madision Productions and directed by the original Joe Dirt lead Fred Wolf, Joe Dirt 2 tells the story of Joe as he travels through central America (and, apparently, his mind) to find his family.

Spade reprises his role as Joe, »

- Bree Brouwer

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New trailer for Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

30 June 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the film set to land on Crackle in just under three weeks, a new trailer has arrived online for the sequel Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, which you can watch right here…

Directed by Fred Wolf, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser sees returning cast members David Spade, Christopher Walken, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller and Adam Beach alongside new additions Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath and Charlotte McKinney. The film will premiere on streaming service Crackle on July 16th.


- Gary Collinson

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Awfully Good: The Country Bears with Christopher Walken

24 June 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

No matter what crass hijinks Ted gets in to in his sequel this week, he will never be as disturbing as. The Country Bears (2002) Director: Peter Hastings Stars: Christopher Walken, Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader   Christopher Walken is mad at bears for ruining his armpit farting career. The Country Bears gets the historical distinction of being Disney's first film... Read More »

- Jason Adams

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