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11 items from 2017

The Cannonball Run relaunch finds its director and writers

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is revving its engines on The Cannonball Run, with the studio is talks with director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) and screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum).

Described as a “relaunch” of the series rather than a remake, the new film is being produced by Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and will once again focus on the legendary illegal cross-country race. Tropic Thunder screenwriter Etan Cohen was previously attached to write and direct the film, but has left for unspecified reasons.

The first Cannonball Run movie was released in 1981, and was followed by sequels in 1984 and 1989. The original film featured an all-star cast which included the likes of Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jackie Chain, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. »

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’Cannonball Run’ Reboot: Warner Bros. Taps ‘Dodgeball’ Director for New Take on Hal Needham Films

13 June 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warner Bros. is gearing up for a “Cannonball Run” reboot, with “Dodgeball” director Rawson Thurber and “Reno 911” creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to direct and write, reports Deadline.

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The project will relaunch the franchise begun by Hal Needham’s “The Cannonball Run” in 1981, a slapdash comedy starred Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and many other stars of the time. The Fox release was universally panned by critics, but was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Warner Bros. followed that up in 1984 with “Cannonball Run II,” and Orion released a third film, “Speed Zone,” in 1989. The franchise centers around a cross-country car race, inspired by a real race that took place throughout the 1970’s.

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Central Intelligence director, Rawson Thurber eyed for Cannonball Run reboot

13 June 2017 3:26 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Remakes, reboots, reimaginings – call them what you will, but 2017 is certainly turning out to be the year that Hollywood has decided to barrage us with the news that one film or another is being remade. The latest in a long line comes in the form of the 1981 Cannonball Run franchise.

Warner Bros have jumped on board to revive the franchise after acquiring the rights from the original copyright owners and are currently looking at the Central Intelligence director Rawson Thurber to take the helm with Reno 911 stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to tackle a new and improved script for the 21st century.

Back in 1981, Cannonball Run burst onto the scene with an all-star cast, Burt Reynolds took the lead as Jj McClure, Dom DeLuiseFarrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. All starred as well as the late James Bond actor »

- Zehra Phelan

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The Cannonball Run remake has a director in Rawson Thurber

12 June 2017 11:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures have set Rawson Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers) to direct its Cannonball Run remake. The studio has also set comedy writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum franchise) to write the script, so reports Deadline.

The film is a relaunch of the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic which revolved around an illegal car race from New York to California, a cameo-ridden comedy that also featured the talents of Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Adrienne Barbeau, Dean Martin, Jackie Chan, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dom DeLuise.

It is thought that the new film will be titled simply Cannonball.

Thurber will next team with Dwayne Johnson for Skyscraper, and this project will possibly follow.

Here’s the trailer for the first movie.

The post The Cannonball Run remake has a director in Rawson Thurber appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot Taps ‘Central Intelligence’ Director

12 June 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. is negotiating with “Central Intelligence” director Rawson Thurber to helm a reboot of the “Cannonball Run” franchise.

Reno 911” stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant are also in talks to write the script.

Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer are producing the movie. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.

The original franchise starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dom DeLuise. The films centered on an illegal cross-country race where the participants played dirty tricks on one another.

The series produced three films, with the first, “The Cannonball Run,” released in 1981 and the most recent, “Speed Zone,” in 1989.

Warner Bros. acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate, and Fortune Star Ltd.

Thurber recently directed the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” which grossed almost $217 million worldwide on a $50 million budget, »

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Win An American Tail on Blu-ray

5 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of An American Tail on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

From director Don Bluth and creator David Kirschner, this critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse named Fievel. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a rousing, heartwarming animated adventure for the entire family!

Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Unable to remember his own name, but aware he has Special Forces training, he sets out to find out who he is. On arrival in NYC, he is arrested and accused of spying for Russia and banned from entering the Us. He is rendered to a military prison off the coast of Africa, where he is still being held. Each year Amnesty International »

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Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs 2"

25 May 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

When writer/director Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" comedy spoof of "Star Wars" was first released in 1987, fans of the 'space opera' genre were delighted with the film, but most reviewers at the time dismissed the film as lame 'shtick', thinking the whole "Star Wars" 'thing' had run its course and best left forgotten. But the fans were right, the film was successful and now Brooks and MGM are finally gearing up for a "Spaceballs" movie franchise:

Unfortunately the original "Spaceballs" film has seen many of the main cast pass away, including John Candy as 'Barf'...

... Joan Rivers as 'Dot Matrix', Dom DeLuise as 'Pizza The Hut'...

...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.

But Brooks himself who played 'Yogurt' and 'President Skroob', Bill Pullman as 'Lone Star' and Daphne Zuniga as 'Princess Vespa' are still working.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Spaceballs"...


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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Casting JonBenet’

22 March 2017 3:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The hits keep on coming from your friendly neighborhood streaming giant, Netflix, which announced a fresh round of titles hitting the airwaves next month. Ranging from never-before-streamed comedy specials to historical classics to critically acclaimed kids’ films, these titles are sure to keep you cooped up and entertained throughout mud season. Enjoy.

1. “Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin'” (available April 1)

The first of only four specials ever filmed by the legendary comedian, this 45-minute stand-up set from 1978 was released on VHS in 1985 and has never been available to stream before (legally). Almost universally revered by comedians of all stripes, this special has stayed relatively obscure due to an uneven performance from Pryor. Still, you can learn from a genius even on a bad day.

2. “Across the Universe” (available April 1)

Even Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess anchor this visually enchanting Beatles movie musical from visionary Broadway director and choreographer Julie Taymor (“Titus »

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Rats of Nimh Gets Iron Man 2 VFX Specialist as Director

1 February 2017 4:16 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly two years after first being set up at MGM, the long-awaited adaptation Rats of Nimh finally has a director. James Madigan, a visual effects specialist who has worked on Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code and HBO's Rome, just to name a few, has come aboard to direct Rats of Nimh. This adaptation will mark the feature film directorial debut for James Madigan, after spending the past 16 years working in various areas of visual effects. He recently transitioned to second unit director, and worked on the giant shark thriller Meg.

When MGM first picked up the rights to this adaptation in March 2015, we reported that the movie will be an origin story about an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as »

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James Madigan to Direct MGM’s ‘Rats of Nimh’ Movie

31 January 2017 3:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Madigan has been hired to direct the hybrid live-action/animation version of “The Rats Of Nimh.”

Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger are producing with Michael Berg penning the script. Cassidy Lange and Jon Glickman are overseeing at MGM.

The film will mark Madigan’s directorial debut.

The movie is based on the successful Newbery Medal-winning series by author Robert C. O’Brien. The book was previously made into the 1982 motion picture “The Secret of Nimh.” The pic became a cult hit and featured the voices of Dom Deluise, Shannen Doherty, and Wil Wheaton.

The story revolves around a group of rescued lab rats that are recruited to save a rodent family.

Madigan comes from a VFX supervisor background, working in TV and features, and transitioned to second unit directing. He recently wrapped directing the second on upcoming Jason Statham action/thriller “Meg.” His most notable VFX work includes “Iron Man 2, »

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Stargate Sg-1: 10 great guest performances

26 January 2017 12:41 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Juliette Harrisson Jan 31, 2017

We salute 10 memorable guest roles on Stargate Sg-1, featuring Seth, The Keeper and more...

As with our previous features, this is a list designed to celebrate the very best performances by guest actors in Stargate Sg-1. However, we did come across a couple of challenges in compiling the list for this particular series. We’ve defined ‘guest performance’ as an actor playing a character who is not a regular or recurring character – so the actor must have played the character no more than twice in this particular series (though they may have appeared more often in other branches of the franchise). Stargate Sg-1 liked to re-use its best guest characters as often as possible, frequently bringing back characters like Claudia Black’s Vala Mal Doran after what was initially a one-off appearance, which is great as the audience get to enjoy them again, but seriously reduces the number of eligible performances. »

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