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All eyes will be on director Jon M. Chu this October when the G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer pulls back the curtain on his other Hasbro toy adaptation – music-themed Jem and the Holograms – but Chu is already thinking further ahead. Over at Paramount, where he last worked behind the camera on the Joe sequel, the director has become attached to produce action-adventure thriller Escape, from a script by Tze Chun (TV’s Once Upon a Time).
The story is being kept mostly under wraps but centers on an unlikely team of tech whizzes with criminal pasts who come together for a top-secret mission. In addition to writing for ABC’s popular fantasy series, Chun penned the script for an taut, little thriller back in 2013 called Cold Comes the Night, which starred a newly post-Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve. It’s more that gig than his TV work that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Currently finishing up Now You See Me: The Second Act, Jon M. Chu already has his sights on a future project. He'll be a producer on Escape, an action adventure by director, screenwriter and cinematographer Tze Chun.Not many details are yet out there about Escape's plot, other than that it involves "tech-savvy criminals who are recruited on a mission". But there's obviously something there, since Paramount have seen fit to give the project a studio home.Tze Chun previously wrote and directed the indie drama Children Of Invention and the thriller Cold Comes The Night, which starred Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve. So it looks likely that he'll man Escape's cameras too, with Chu overseeing. Chu's Now You See Me sequel is out in the UK on June 10, 2016. »
Not content with directing, writing and starring in his own TV show, Louis C.K. will be bringing his triple-threat of talents to the big screen with indie comedy I’m A Cop.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will follow the story of “a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly-decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be.”
There’s no schedule for the movie yet, however the comedian will be hoping this fares a lot better than his previous attempt at directing for the big screen. While his sitcom Louis has enjoyed tremendous success, the last time he was behind the camera on a movie was 2001’s bomb Pootie Tang, from which he was actually removed during editing.
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- James Hunt
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, May 4th: Monday 5/4 Gotham, "All Happy Families Are Alike" (Fox, 8 p.m.) -- The Season 1 finale finds Gotham City in the midst of a gang war, which culminates in a showdown between Fish Mooney and Maroni. Meanwhile, Bruce searches Wayne manner for any clues his father may have left. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO, 9 p.m.) -- Brett Morgan directs this first authorized biography of the Nirvana frontman, using found footage to curate the story in Cobain's own words and through his art. Tuesday 5/5 [caption id="attachment_415828" align="alignright" width="350"] Image (of a barely-visible Grodd) via The CW[/caption] The Flash, "Grodd Lives" (CW, 8 p.m.) -- Gorilla Grodd is unleashed and Joe is put in peril, »
- Allison Keene
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
In the third and fourth seasons of AMC's groundbreaking drama series Breaking Bad, one of the primary locations was the fictional fast food restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos, which translates into The Chickens Brothers. The co-owner of this establishment, Gus Fring, played memorably by Giancarlo Esposito, also had a lucrative side business as a major drug trafficker, as he struck up an arrangement with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to distribute his potent "crystal blue" meth. During the production, the Los Pollos Hermanos scenes were shot in an Albuquerque, New Mexico restaurant named Twisters, but, as it turns out, there may be plans in the works for an actual Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant chain to become a reality. Here's what Breaking Bad series creator Vince Gilligan had to say during a Reddit Ama session yesterday.
"Believe it or not... there is talk of a Pollos Hermanos becoming a real restaurant. This is »
Filmmaker Jay Roach is set to deliver the commencement address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduation on May 15 at the Shrine Auditorium. In addition, writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award.
Roach graduated USC with a masters in film production while Rosenberg earned her masters in the Peter Stark Producing Program.
Dean Elizabeth M. Daley said in a statement, “We are so pleased that Jay Roach and Melissa Rosenberg, two of our most inspiring alumni, will join us for our graduation ceremony. Jay brings a unique approach to his work in comedy and narrative filmmaking and in both areas he has been a stellar role model for our students. Melissa Rosenberg is also someone they admire greatly, whose work as a writer and producer crosses genres, demographics and even distribution channels. They are both having the kinds of careers our students want to emulate.”
Roach is currently working on “Trumbo, »
- Variety Staff
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar winner Julianne Moore gave exhibitors at CinemaCon a guardedly optimistic outlook for the world of independent films.
“It’s highly highly personal — that’s why people support it,” Moore said at a Thursday lunch panel in Las Vegas called “The Independent Game: Based on a True Story.”
But both Moore and Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard endorsed seeing films on a bigscreen and bemoaned the VOD trend. “We’re always so disappointed when you hear the words ‘day-and-date.’ I think, ‘Oh, really?'”
“A movie never looks the same on television,” Moore said.
Moore’s “Still Alice,” which carried a $5 million budget, was an unqualified success at the box office with $28 million — much of that after she won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
“The great parts are not going to come to you on a silver platter,” Moore noted. “You need »
- Dave McNary
Sketchy discusses the 2011 “Batman: Year One” and the DC comic by Frank Miller on which it was based. This story examines a young Bruce Wayne (Benjamin McKenzie) testing the waters of vigilante justice and a new lieutenant named James Gordon (Bryan Cranston) who just joined the Gotham police department. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
This week, Kylie Jenner tries out some bright blue contact lenses, John Mayer co-pilots a plane and Lindsay Lohan takes a topless selfie ... from bed! Aubrey O'Day hits the dance studio for her new group, dumblonde, Scott Disick says he's training for the Tour de France and Bryan Cranston looks a lot like "Breaking Bad's" Walter White on the set of his new project. Plus, "Jackass" star Steve-o gushes about girlfriend Stacey Solomon, Courtney Love spends some time bonding with Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch and Mario Lopez gets a sweet kiss from his adorable little boy, Dominic Lopez! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Selena Gomez showed off a fuller figure during a vacation break in Mexico and drew a horde of fat shamers after she posted photos in a sexy swimsuit. She may have been slightly rounder, but really, fat shaming? Gomez has been working pretty intensely on a new movie “In Dubious Battle,” with her “Spring Breakers” co-star James Franco. Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride also appear in the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression era novel by the same name. ...Read More »
Joshua Jackson picked up Diane Kruger from Lax on Wednesday with a beautiful bouquet of red roses, proving once again that he is the world's most perfect man. Diane and Josh, who have been dating since 2006, seemed overjoyed to be back together and held hands as they made their way through the airport. Diane just returned from Paris where she was announced as the new ambassador for Martell Cognac liquor. Before traveling to the City of Light, Diane was busy filming The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston, Benjamin Bratt, and John Leguizamo. Keep reading to see more of their sweet reunion, then check out why we think they're the cutest couple ever. »
Kung Fu Panda 3's cinema release has been moved up by two months.
DreamWorks Animation had previously scheduled the animated sequel for March 18, 2016, but is shifting it to January 29, 2016.
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DreamWorks Animation may have recently announced plans to scale back from the admittedly ambitious three-films-per-year business model, but that doesn’t negate the staying power of the studio’s beloved IP moving forward. As a matter of fact, the company today announced that it has reshuffled the release date for upcoming threequel Kung Fu Panda 3, meaning that Po’s latest adventure will hit cinema screens on January 29, 2016, as opposed to March 18.
Aside from How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda remains as one of DreamWorks’ most lucrative franchises, and considering that the previous two films have pulled in a staggering $1.3 billion between them, all eyes are on the third installment to deliver a sure-fire hit. And truth be told, the studio is in need of a financial boon, with Rise of the Guardians, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman failing to kickstart new franchises for the company in recent years. »
- Michael Briers
We'll begin today's bulletin with Trumbo, Jay Roach's new film centered on the life of Dalton Trumbo played by Bryan Cranston, which Bleecker Street will be releasing later this year. A possible Oscar contender and likely fall festival entrant, the film has scored an R rating and who knows, maybe we'll get a trailer sooner rather than later. Then there's Z for Zachariah, which played the Sundance Film Festival to a mixed response. Rated PG-13, the film was picked up by Roadside, but is still looking for an official release date. Anton Corbijn's Life is still looking for a distributor after its Berlin Film Festival premiere, but it has an MPAA rating. The film, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, will arrive with an R-rating when it does finally arrive. Next is Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, which has been playing festivals since Venice of last year, »
- Brad Brevet
DreamWorks Animation has changed the Kung Fu Panda 3 released date from March 18, 2016 to January 29, 2016. This will put the animated sequel up against the drama The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, the Ya film The 5th Wave, and an untitled horror film from New Line Cinema. It wouldn’t shock me if Kung Fu Panda 3 ended up winning the weekend since the first two movies have raked in $1.3 billion worldwide. People love animals that know karate. DreamWorks Animation also needs a hit. The company has been sliding over the past few years (people have finally caught on that their films are largely lazy and forgettable), and Kung Fu Panda is a solid franchise for the studio. Jack Black will return as the voice of Po in the film, and the rest of the voice cast includes Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny McBride, »
- Matt Goldberg
Late last year, DreamWorks Animation decided to move the sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 from a late release this year, to a spring release in 2016. However, it sounds like the animation studio and their new distribution partner 20th Century Fox want to give it some more room to breathe away from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, because THR reports they've bumped it up a couple months to a release on January 29th, 2016. That's a terrible release month, but that means this movie should have no problem performing well at the box office, which is exactly what the struggling DreamWorks Animation needs now. We still don't know much about Kung Fu Panda 3, but Jack Black is slated to return as the title panda warrior Po, and new cast members include Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen and Rebel Wilson. We're also assuming that Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross »
- Ethan Anderton
A lot of fans were disappointed that they won't get to see Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the actor's dream of playing a superhero is finally coming to fruition with the new Crackle series SuperMansion. We have a first look at the show with Bryan Cranston's stop-motion alter ego, Titanium Rex!
Titanium Rex is just one of the many superheroes on the stop-motion animated comedy series SuperMansion, which will debut all 13 episodes on Crackle this fall. Rex is an elderly has-been hero who heads 'The League of Freedom'. These beleaguered do-gooders are attempting to stay relevant in the modern world, and miserably failing one secret mission at a time.
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