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The New York-set story centers on a man in need of a place to live, who’s given the chance to house-sit in exchange for free rent. He discovers the house is occupied by the man’s elderly mother Flo, who is part of the deal. [Source: Deadline]
Chris Columbus is set to produce and possibly direct the Holocaust refugee story "Exodus 47" for Crystal City Entertainment, 1492 Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment. Mark Friedman penned the script, based on the autobiography of a Baptist minister who was on a worn-down steamer on its mission to deliver Holocaust survivors to freedom in 1947.
The ship picked up 4,500 refugees from the French port of Sete but was turned back near Palestine. The plight of the refugees, »
- Garth Franklin
Chris Columbus has a reputation for throwing his producing weight behind dramas that delve into history, including The Help and The Butler. He is now turning his attention to a true-life Holocaust refugee story, starting development on Exodus 47.Mark Friedman is adapting the script from John Grauel’s autobiography. Grauel was a Baptist minister who was aboard the steam ship Exodus 47 on a mission to help deliver Holocaust survivors to freedom shortly after World War II. The ship loaded 4,5000 refugees at the French port of Sète but was turned back near Palestine.The refugees ended up in internment camps in Cyprus, but their story ended up playing a major role in the creation of Israel in 1948. “I am really excited about the chance to bring Exodus 47 to the screen,” Columbus tells Variety. “I find it astounding that this particular and very real version of the Exodus story has never been turned into a movie. »
Producers are Ari Daniel Pinchot for Cce along with Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe and Jennifer Blum for 1492. Robert M. Johnson, Stuart Avi Savitsky and Jonathan Rubenstein will exec produce.
Mark Friedman will write the script, based on the autobiography of John Grauel, a Baptist minister who was on the Exodus 47 on its mission to deliver Holocaust survivors to freedom in 1947. The ship, a worn-down steamer, picked up 4,500 refugees from the French port of Sete but was turned back near Palestine.
The plight of the refugees, who were taken to interment camps in Cyprus, played a key role in the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
“We’ve always been drawn to inspirational stories about selfless individuals who give of themselves for something greater and this story certainly has those characteristics, »
- Dave McNary
As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore. Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived. And so it’s fitting that it now looks like he will get to start a Harry Potter franchise of his own, as news comes that Yates is in talks to helm the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More after the jump. There was no way that Warner Bros. was going to let go of the most successful film franchise in history after the release of Harry Potter and »
- Adam Chitwood
When die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name Nicholas Rowe, they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as Holmes ended then when he was 19, but thanks to an ingenious cameo in next year's Mr Holmes, he will return as the great consulting detective at the age of 47... in a rather wonderful fashion.The story of Mr Holmes, which director Bill Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. Within this world, Holmes is as famous as you'd expect, and has had movies made of his life. It's in one of these films, »
She was one of Robin Williams' youngest costars, but it's clear the actor made a big impact on Mara Wilson's life.While she was only six when "Mrs. Doubtfire" came out in 1993, Wilson -- who played one of the late actor's children -- says their time together is all coming back to her after Robin's passing."Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant," she writes in a new post on her blog. "While it can be hard for me to remember filming Doubtfire, I’ve been flooded with memories in the past few days."Those memories include the comedic genius ad-libbing on set."Chris Columbus, our director, would let Robin perform one or two takes with what was written, then do as many more takes as Robin had variations," Wilson explains. "Sometimes I wonder why they didn’t give him at least partial screenwriting credit. »
- tooFab Staff
Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Likely Cancelled
Mrs. Doubtfire, one of Williams’ most beloved roles, is a family classic, and talk of a sequel has been around for years. Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was reportedly in early stages of development, with director Chris Columbus tied to the project. Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum was working on the script for Fox, but neither Williams nor Columbus had officially signed on to the project. However, the film is reportedly unlikely to get made in light of Williams’ passing. Fox has yet to make an official decision regarding the project, but it’s unclear whether or not Columbus would return to the story without his star.
Following Williams’ death, Columbus released a statement calling Williams “one of this generation’s greatest actors.”
Columbus went on to praise Williams as a true comedic genius, »
After committing suicide on Monday, Robin Williams left us with four yet-to-be-released films, including "Night at the Museum 3." But there was one high-profile sequel that the actor was attached to star in. That sequel is "Mrs. Doubtfire 2." The script has been written by David Berenbaum and Chris Columbus was set to return as director. It looked like the movie was all set to go into production soon, but now it seems that nobody is willing to proceed without Williams. Berenbaum had reportedly met with Williams in recent months and was working on a second draft of the script. It's still possible that the film may get a reboot with a different actor, but those decisions won't be made any time soon. »
Best friends Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler have a new rivalry to look forward to, as the Funny People pair find their two big summer 2015 releases going head-to-head at the box office. Sony Pictures has decided to move their video game comedy Pixels, starring Sandler, right into the path of Amy Schumer's aptly titled Trainwreck, directed by Apatow.
Originally set for release on May 15, 2015, Pixels is getting pushed further into next summer, now landing on the July 24, 2015 weekend, where it will face not only Amy Schumer's big theatrical debut, but also MGM's Poltergeist remake starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris.
Pixels was originally set to open opposite Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned a lot of buzz coming out of Comic-Con this past July, and the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2, which comes with a diehard built-in audience of Barden Bella faithfuls.
With a great comedic »
The studio’s dual moves today position one star vehicle for a midsummer run in 2015 and another for a higher awards-season and holiday profile this year. Sony has pushed the Adam Sandler starrer Pixels from May 25 to July 24, putting the space-invaders pic in the heart of next summer. Meanwhile, the World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, sees its released date pushed up about a month to October 17.
In Chris Columbus‘ Pixels, which Sony initially had dated in April, 8-bit aliens invade Earth after misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a threat. The president (Kevin James) calls on his childhood friend (Sandler), an arcade champ-turned-home theater installer, to help save the planet. Pixels now will battle Fox’s horror redo of Poltergeist and the Universal comedy Trainwreck on its new date.
- The Deadline Team
The film will premiere on July 24, 2015, where it faces competition from supernatural thriller “Poltergeist” as well as “Trainwreck,” another comedy from Sandler pal, Judd Apatow. “Pixels” had been slated for release on May 15, 2015, when it would have faced off against “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”
The film kicks off after aliens misinterpret video-feeds of arcade games as a declaration of war against them, prompting an assault on Earth.
Their attack prompts the president (Kevin James) to enlist his childhood best friend (Sandler) to use the skills he honed as a Reagan-era video game champ to defend the world. Peter Dinklage and Brian Cox co-star.
- Brent Lang
Earlier today, Sony Pictures moved up the release date for its Brad Pitt-fronted WWII drama Fury, but now the studio's Pixels release date is being pushed back. Originally scheduled for May 15, 2015, director Chris Columbus’ action-adventure pic will now open on July 24, 2015. The film stars Adam Sandler and revolves around a group of 80s arcade game champions who are called upon to help defend earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war. The cast includes Josh Gad, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and a mullet-sporting Peter Dinklage, and while we haven’t seen any footage just yet, it actually sounds like one of the most promising Adam Sandler movies in some time. Hit the jump for more on the film and its new release date. No reason is given for the Pixels release date shift, but the move takes the film »
- Adam Chitwood
Chris Columbus‘ action-comedy “Pixels” has been delayed by two months, and will now open on July 24, 2015, Sony announced on Tuesday. The film had originally been scheduled to open on May 15, 2015. Also read: Comic-Con: Sony Touting Adam Sandler's ‘Pixels,’ Jack Black's ‘Goosebumps’ Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad star in the feature based on a short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The premise follows a scenario in which an alien race misinterprets feeds of classic video games as a declaration of war and attacks Earth, using the video games as models. »
- Linda Ge
The untimely death of Robin Williams has certainly been felt, and will continue to reverberate in our minds and hearts, and on our screens, for years to come. Williams was at work on a number of projects before he died, four of which are films that are already in the can and will be seen this year and next.
The first project is Merry Friggin’ Christmas, an indie comedy with a November 7th release date, which also stars Joel McHale and Wendy McLendon-Covey. Williams plays McHale’s father, who joins his son on a road trip to retrieve some forgotten gifts. This sounds a little bit too close to some of Williams’s later film roles (like Rv), which left a little something to be desired, but just the presence of the comedian on screen will be enough to get me to give it a chance.
The actor will then »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Plans for the comedic sequel Mrs. Doubtfire 2 are in limbo, according to sources close to the production, though it.s likely that the project will be shelved in the wake of Robin Williams. recent death. Sources spoke to Variety and told the trade that no decision has been made on the future of the in-development project, but the site went so far as to say that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 likely won.t move forward without Williams in the title role. And that.s the right decision. As we have pointed out, Chris Columbus. Mrs. Doubtfire is one of Robin Williams. seminal roles, a broad but insightful family comedy that embraced the difficult conversation of divorce and put a fresh face on it. Granted, that face was one made of latex, modeled after a stately old British woman. But the messages of self-sacrifice and love permeated the strange conceit at »
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014
Robin is believed to have committed suicide via asphyxiation, according to the Marin County Coroner's office, following a battle with depression.
The actor, who has struggled with alcohol and drugs in the past, checked into a rehab centre earlier this summer to make sure he would not relapse.
Zelda recently celebrated her 25th birthday, which Robin marked with an Instagram post two weeks ago. The photo of the pair in their earlier years was the last Robin posted.
At the age of 15, Zelda appeared alongside her father in the 2004 drama House of D. »
(Update: ABC News has apologized for the aerial shots.) Immediately after the shocking death by apparent suicide of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, his family released a statement in which they asked for “privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” ABC News followed this with a red banner on their homepage reading, “Watch Live: Aerials of Robin Williams‘ Home.” Also read: Steven Spielberg, Chris Columbus, Bill Cosby React to Robin Williams’ Shocking Death Screenshots of the banner, which could be seen above an article including the family's privacy request, quickly went viral, leading to a storm of social media outrage. »
- Jason Hughes
Over the course of four decades, Robin Williams left an immeasurable impact in movies and television and as a standup comic on stages around the world. Since the surprise announcement of his death, the actor and comedian's many friends from every field in which he worked have been paying tribute. Read their remembrances here.
"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God »
Robin Williams had been attached to star in the “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” the long-gestating sequel to the late comedian’s 1993 hit. Sources say that though no decision has been made on the future of the project, written by David Berenbaum, it most likely won’t go ahead after the actor was found dead Monday.
Chris Columbus was set to return as director for Fox 2000. “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of “genius”,” Columbus said in a statement. “We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever.”
Berenbaum had reportedly »
- Pat Saperstein
Robin Williams died suddenly Monday, leaving behind a still-active film career. This holiday season, moviegoers will be able to see him reprise his role as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The sequel wrapped production in May, according to Twentieth Century Fox, and will bow on Dec. 19th.
Williams’ other holiday flick is the indie family comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas, co-starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt. Phase 4 will release the movie, produced by Captain America directors Joe and Anthony Russo on November 7.
- Nicole Sperling
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