8 items from 2016
Fifty Shades: Principal photography has concluded on the two sequels to Fify Shades of Grey, according to author and producer E.L. James (below right). The movies, which star Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, have been filming in Vancouver under the direction of James Foley (below left). Fifty Shades Darker is scheduled for release on February 10, 2017, while Fifty Shades Freed is set to open in theaters on February 9, 2018. [Instagram] The Nut Job 2: Jackie Chan has joined the voice cast of The Nut Job 2. The actor, whose voice credits include the Kung Fu Panda trilogy of animated features, will portray Mr. Feng, the leader of a gang of city mice. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph and Jeff Dunham lead the voice cast for the sequel, which will open...
- Peter Martin
It was announced today that George A. Romero, the legendary filmmaker and godfather of the modern zombie, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of a Class of 2017 that also includes Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, and Ryan Reynolds.
The date for Romero's star ceremony has not been revealed yet, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future announcements. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details, as well as a video (via Variety) of the Class of 2017 announcements:
Press Release: Hollywood, CA. June 28, 2016 —A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the »
- Derek Anderson
You don’t really believe that Chief Thunderthud was a racist, do you?
Our man Thunderthud was called a “chief,” but he wore only a single feather on his head instead of the fully-feathered bonnet we were used to seeing perched atop guys who answered to “chief” in the cowboy pictures I saw before you were born. The (if I may) chief is most notable, not for something he wore, but for something he said. This was “Kowabunga,” sometimes spelled “Cowabunga” and used mostly, if memory serves, as an expletive you could say freely in front of your church-going grandma. Some of you – most of you? – thought that Kowa/Cowabunga originated with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of movie and comic book fame. Sorry, but no.
Beginning in 1947, Chief Thunderthud dwelt in Doodyville which, in turn, was located in midtown Manhattan in a studio owned and operated by The National Broadcasting Company. »
- Dennis O'Neil
The Weinstein Company has gone nuts, squirreling away rights for much of the world to toon sequel The Nut Job 2. The deal includes all global territories except U.S. — where Open Road will distribute the pic — China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. TWC will sell the pic at the Cannes Film Market this month. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham are reprising their voice roles for the follow-up, joined by franchise rookies… »
Open Road Films has announced that The Nut Job 2 is set for release in North America on May 19th 2017, having originally been eyed for release back in January of this year.
Deadline reports that the sequel to the 2014 independent animated hit will “return to Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.”
Will Arnett is set to return as Surly Squirrel alongside original voice cast members Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham. The film is being directed by Cal Brunker (Escape From Planet Earth).
- Gary Collinson
Open Road Films has set May 19, 2017, as the U.S. release date for its animated comedy “The Nut Job 2.”
The studio noted that the 2014 original film achieved the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.
The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Open Road had announced in 2014 that it would open “The Nut Job 2” on Jan. 15, 2016, but pulled it off the schedule several months later.
“The Nut Job 2” is currently »
- Dave McNary
Open Road Films has set a May 19, 2017 U.S. release date for The Nut Job 2, a sequel to its 2014 sneaky animated hit that grossed $120.9M worldwide. That pic marked the biggest box office opening ever for an independent animated film. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham are reprising their voice roles for the follow-up, with more cast coming soon. The sequel returns to Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park… »
Visaaranai and Parched were awarded top feature film honours as the 14th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles came to a close at the weekend.
Visaaranai (Interrogation) was awarded the grand jury prize for best feature and the corresponding short film award went to Playgrounds.
Sanjay Mishra was presented with the best actor award for his performance in Masaan, and the best actress award honoured the cast of Parched, namely Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan.
Iffla Audience awards went to Parched, and Daaravtha (The Threshold). For more information click here.
FilmRise has acquired Us rights from CAA to Elizabeth Wood’s Sundance selection White Girl starring Morgan Saylor and Brian Marc. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon is executive producer and the film will open theatrically in late summer / early autumn.Italian opera promoter All’Opera has struck a Us distribution deal with »
8 items from 2016
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