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Jim Carrey's bum's on fire as an unscrupulous lawyer who is forced to tell nothing but the truth for one day after his unhappy five-year-old son is granted his birthday wish. Ace Ventura director Tom Shadyac puts Carrey through his paces once more in a good, honest comedy with neat support from Jennifer Tilly, Maura Tierney and Cary Elwes. »
Deadline is reporting that Josh Gad has signed on to play comedian Sam Kinison in the biopic Brother Kinison. The film was written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) based on the novel by Bill Kinison. Larry Charles (Borat) is set to direct with David Permut, Tom Shadyac and Bill Kinison on as executive producers. Steve Longi and Permut Presentations’ Chris Mangan will co-produce.
“There was nothing conventional about Sam Kinison and neither will be the cinematic interpretation of his life,” said Permut. “Larry Charles is the perfect director to bring Rich Wilkes’ incredible script to screen, and Josh Gad’s tremendous ability to morph into a role will bring great depth to Kinison’s larger than life persona.”
- Philip Sticco
Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) has signed on to direct from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes (xXx), based on the book Brother Sam by Bill Kinison. The story starts out in the 1980s, following Sam Kinison's transition from a Pentecostal preacher into the world of stand-up comedy. He became an overnight star after being showcased on a HBO special hosted Rodney Dangerfield, who he co-starred with in Back to School. After battling substance abuse for years, the comedian cleaned up his act before being killed by a drunk driver in 1992 at the age of 38.
So how long has "Kinison" been kicking around? We first reported on it way back in 2008 when it was set up over at HBO with "American Splendor" team Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini tapped to adapt the book "Brother Sam" by the comedian's sibling Bill Kinison, with Tom Shadyac ("Bruce Almighty," "Liar Liar") set to the direct with Dan Fogler in the lead role. All was silent until a couple of years later, when it was revealed Shadyac was still attached, and he currently is— although only as a producer. A new writer, director and star are now moving the project along. Deadline reports that Larry Charles ("Borat," "Bruno," "The Dictator") is now at the helm with Josh Gad ("Jobs," "Love & Other Drugs," "The Internship") now set for the lead role, and a script provided by Rich Wilkes ("xXx," "Airheads"). The film will track Kinison's unexpected rise from Pentecostal »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nearly three years ago, news surfaced of a biopic about the late, great comedian Sam Kinison coming from Bruce Almighty director Tom Shadyac. The film was originally slated for release on HBO, but then a theatrical release was also planned. Now the project is finally gaining steam again, but this time with new names attached. Deadline reports Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles will be at the helm of the film based on the 1994 book Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison by the comedian's brother Bill Kinison and Jobs co-star Josh Gad will be taking the lead. Read on! This project has been in the works for over ten years, and once started at Universal before arriving at HBO. This update from Deadline doesn't make any mention of the cable network though, so we're not sure if they're still involved. Shadyac will »
- Ethan Anderton
A feature film about the life of stand-up comedian Sam Kinison is finally materializing. Deadline reports that Book of Mormon star Josh Gad has been tapped to play the preacher-turned-comedian in the biopic Kinison, and Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles has signed on to take the helm. Kinison started out following in his father’s footsteps as a Pentecostal preacher before eventually becoming a comedian, going on to find great success with his scream-hevy style. Kinison battled drug and alcohol addiction during his rise to fame, but eventually got sober. Unfortunately, at the age of 38 Kinison was killed in car collision with a drunk driver. Kinison is an adaptation of Bill Kinison’s book Brother Sam and boasts a script penned by xXx scribe Rich Wilkes. The film has been in development for years, with Tom Shadyac attached to direct for HBO Films at one point. The story »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: David Permut’s long in the works film about the late comic Sam Kinison has taken form. Larry Charles, who helmed the Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, has signed on to direct and Josh Gad is set to play the pentecostal preacher-turned-manic standup comedian. Kinison has a script by xXx scribe Rich Wilkes, based on the book Brother Sam by Bill Kinison. Permut will produce, Tom Shadyac and Bill Kinison will be exec producers, and Steve Longi and Permut Presentations’ Chris Mangano will co-produce. “There was nothing conventional about Sam Kinison and neither will be the cinematic interpretation of his life,” said Permut. “Larry Charles is the perfect director to bring Rich Wilkes’ incredible script to screen, and Josh Gad’s tremendous ability to morph into a role will bring great depth to Kinison’s larger than life persona.” The film picks up the Kinison story in the 80s, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Josh Gad, who made a name for himself starring in the original Broadway production of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "The Book of Mormon," is set to take the lead in director Larry Charles' Kinison , a biopic of the legendary standup comedian, Deadline reports. Scripted by Rich Wilkes ( xXx ), Kinison began as an HBO Films project titled Brother Sam that Tom Shadyac was, at one time, attached to direct with Dan Fogler formerly attached to the title role. Based on the memoir "Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison" by Bill Kinison and Steve Delsohn, the film will chart Kinison's life as an evangelist through his rise as a comedian up until his tragic death in 1992. Gad can be seen on the big screen later this month as Steve Wozniak in »
HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" sees Dana Gould and Tom Shadyac topline, with host Bill Maher moderating a panel and interview guests on Friday, June 7. The series airs from 10:00-11:00 p.m. live Et/tape-delayed Pt), exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. A new edition of .Vice. debuts at 11:00 p.m., followed by a replay of Real Time at 11:30 p.m. This week, journalist George Packer is the top-of-show interview guest. Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are writer-comedian Dana Gould, political strategist Ana Navarro and correspondent Kevin Williamson. »
- April Neale
As director Tom Shadyac continues talks about remaking the French film "The Intouchables," we're reminded of how this Hollywood legend has been living the simple life.
In 2007 Shadyac, who is responsible for hits like "Ace Ventura" and "The Nutty Professor," gave up his 17,000-square-foot mansion in Pasadena, Ca. for a 1,000-square-foot mobile home. "I was standing in the house that my culture had taught me was a measure of the good life," Shadyac said in his 2011 documentary. "I was struck with one very clear, very strange feeling: I was no happier."
Now, six years later, Shadyac continues to live modestly and couldn't be happier as he explained to CBS' Bill Whitaker in the video above.
Watch the clip and see what Shadyac had to say about his life, and head over to CBS to see the the full interview. H/T the Daily Mail.
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- The Huffington Post
Dr. No might be getting a 3D Imax release; Mama director Andrés Muschietti signs on for a new project; Emma Watson is in talks for Cinderella; and director Tom Shadyac may helm The Intouchables remake.
According to Bleeding Cool, a 3D version of Dr. No, the first film in the 23-film series, is heading to theaters. The site also mentions an IMAX release might also be in the cards if a Moviefone listing is to be believed.
Although 3D re-releases were all the rage a few years ago, they seem to have dropped off quite substantially. After Star Wars Episode 1 underperformed in 3D, LucasFilm/Disney Click to continue reading Movie News Wrap Up: Mar 4 2013
- Anthony Taormina
Patch Adams director reported to be returning to feature films with version of highest grossing non-English language film
The story of a rich quadriplegic man (played by François Cluzet) who hires an African immigrant (Omar Sy) as a carer, Intouchables – released in English-language territories as Untouchable – became the highest grossing non-English language film ever with $426.6m (£283.7m) in worldwide receipts. Only $10.2m of this was in North America, making it a perfect candidate for a reworking – the remake rights were bought along with Us distribution by the Weinstein Company.
- Andrew Pulver
1.) The cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues is growing each and every day. Meagan Good and Dylan Baker have both joined the cast. These three join Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig and James Marsden in the film, which is rumored to take Ron Burgundy from San Diego to the big leagues in New York City. There were reports John C. Reily was joining the cast, but a rep for the production tells Deadline, "We were looking for a stand-in for lighting purposes who looks like John C. Reilly. We always demand that every stand-in looks like John C. Reilly." 2.) Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to star as Igor in a retelling of the classic tale Frankenstein for 20th Century Fox and director Paul McGuigan with a screenplay by Max Landis (Chronicle) based on Mary Shelley's 19th century novel. Filming is expected to begin in the fall. »
- Brad Brevet
Here’s the trailer for the original:
This will be Shadyac’s first comedic film in six years.
Shadyac’s last film was 2010′s documentary feature: I Am.
The synopsis for I am is included below:
“In I Am, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.”
The french film The Intouchables, is hilarious and does not need a remake, »
- Alex Corey
Tom Shadyac ("Liar Liar," "Evan Almighty") is returning to comedy directing as he is in talks to helm a remake of last year's French-language international sensation "The Intouchables" for The Weinstein Company.
The story deals with a wealthy French aristocrat who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young Senegalese man from the projects to be his caretaker
The original grossed a whopping $416 million in global markets, but only $10 million domestically in the United States. The Weinstein's scored the remake rights when they picked up the original to distribute.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
With The Weinstein Company looking to keep momentum up on its remake of hit French comedy The Intouchables, the executives are naturally hunting for a director. Now they think they’ve found the right man, and surprisingly that happens to be Tom Shadyac.There was a time when Shadyac would have been their first choice, as he spent years as one of the top Hollywood comedy directors, cranking out hits like Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.But then he suffered two serious setbacks: Bruce sequel Evan Almighty was a huge, expensive flop and he was also involved in a serious bike accident that left him with ongoing symptoms. He decided to completely re-invent himself, giving away much of the money he earned on the blockbusters, swapping his house for a trailer and consulting intellectual and spiritual people on how to help the world. »
Tom Shadyac—the Ace Ventura director whose near-death experience led him on a quest to say things more meaningful than can be conveyed through talking ass cheeks—is reportedly considering a return to comedy with a remake of the 2011 French hit The Intouchables, according to Deadline. If so, it would be quite the comeback, after the much-maligned filmmaker behind Patch Adams, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, and its disastrous sequel Evan Almighty suffered a debilitating bike accident that finally caused him to question whether he was doing anything worthwhile, give up all his wealth, and devote himself to more »
So, remember Tom Shadyac? He's the guy who was at one time a box office comedy titan, thanks to "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Nutty Professor," "Liar Liar" and "Bruce Almighty." But then he decided after making millions upon millions of dollars that there was more to life and made a documentary. "I Am"was a lot of feel good, New Age-y mumbo jumbo, that found him talking with folks like David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch about like the world, man. That was a couple of years ago, and while he briefly popped up as a contender to direct a remake of Arthur Lubin's 1964 film "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" that had Zach Galifianakis attached to star, it didn't happen. But now another remake might bring him back in the ring. Deadline reports that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, »
Not so long ago, critics and movie bloggers alike received an unexpected press release for a documentary called I Am. The film promised to explore what was wrong with the world through the lens of filmmaker Tom Shadyac, who is best recognized for directing such joyfully absurd comedies as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty. You can probably understand why we were puzzled. It turns out, that doc was Shadyac's passion project following a near-death experience that quite understandably shook him up. But it seems Shadyac is ready to return to comedy, though his potential next project wouldn't force him to abandon his intellectual curiosity about improving the world. Deadline reports Shadyac is currently in negotiations with the Weinstein Company to helm the American remake of the wildly successful French film The Intouchables. Centering on the inspiring true story of two men from very different backgrounds who »
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