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Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release

Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release
TWC-Dimension Films has set a Feb. 23 release date for its family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.

The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.

Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.

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Robert De Niro’s ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets Release Date

Robert De Niro’s ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets Release Date
TWC-Dimension has set an Oct. 21, 2017, release date for the Robert De Niro comedy “The War With Grandpa.”

Dimension had originally planned to open the film six months earlier, but director Tim Hill revealed last month during a presentation at the American Film Market that he would start shooting the movie in February in Toronto.

The War with Grandpa” follows a boy who’s forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room, but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.

Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy have come on board to play the friends of De Niro’s character. “The War with Grandpa” is based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart are producing,
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Christopher Walken Joins Robert De Niro in Comedy ‘The War With Grandpa’

Christopher Walken Joins Robert De Niro in Comedy ‘The War With Grandpa’
Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy have joined Robert De Niro’s family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” directed by Tim Hill.

The Weinstein Co. set an April 21 launch for the film, which is based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith.

In the original story, a boy is forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room — but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.

Walken will play the best friend of De Niro’s character. The two acted together in “The Deer Hunter.”

Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rosa Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal and Barry Welsh exec producing. Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse wrote the script’s first draft which Matt Ember and Tom Astle are polishing.
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Robert De Niro’s ‘War with Grandpa’ Set for April Release

Robert De Niro’s ‘War with Grandpa’ Set for April Release
The Weinstein Co. has set an April 21 launch for its Robert De Niro family comedy “The War with Grandpa.”

Tim Hill will direct the film, based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith, in which a boy is forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room — but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.

Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rosa Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal and Barry Welsh exec producing. Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse wrote the first draft and Matt Ember and Tom Astle are currently doing a polish on the script.

Marro Films is financing and producing with Dimension distributing. Hill’s credits include “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Hop.”

De Niro was attached to the project last month.
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De Niro In Talks For "War With Grandpa"

Robert De Niro is in negotiations to star in the Tim Hill-directed "The War With Grandpa" for Dimension Films.

The story revolves around a young man who loves his grandfather, but also loves his bedroom. When his grandpa's wife dies, he moves in.

The young man engages in a series of pranks meant to drive him out, but the old man is pretty resourceful in returning the favor.

Matt Ember, Tom Astle, Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse have all worked on the script. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rose Morris Peart are producing.

Source: Variety
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Robert De Niro in Talks to Star in Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’

Robert De Niro in Talks to Star in Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’
Robert De Niro is in negotiations to star the Dimension Films pic “The War With Grandpa,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Tim Hill will direct the film which revolves around a young man who loves his grandfather, but also loves his bedroom. When his grandpa’s wife dies, he moves in. The young man engages in a series of pranks meant to drive him out, but the old man is pretty resourceful in returning the favor.

Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rose Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal and Barry Welsh exec producing. Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse wrote the first draft and Matt Ember and Tom Astle are currently doing a polish on the script.

If a deal closes, De Niro would shoot this prior to his mob movie “The Irishman,” which reteams him with his “Goodfellas” team of Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese.

De Niro was most recently seen in “Hands of Stone,” which premiered at Cannes, and also has the Taylor Hackford dramedy “The Comedian” debuting soon. He is repped by CAA.

Hill’s past credits include the Illumination film “Hop” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” He is repped by Verve and Principato-Young.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Robert De Niro In Talks To Star In Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’

Robert De Niro In Talks To Star In Dimension’s ‘The War With Grandpa’
Exclusive: Robert De Niro is in final negotiations to star in The War With Grandpa for Dimension Films. Tim Hill will direct and Matt Ember & Tom Astle, the team behind the DreamWorks Animation hit Home and MGM’s Kid Robot, are doing a rewrite on the adaptation of the Robert Kimmel Smith novel. De Niro will do the film before he re-teams with Martin Scorsese in The Irishman, with Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, with Paramount releasing domestically and Stx Entertainment…
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MGM Developing ‘Kidrobot’ Pic With Robert Rugan Directing

MGM has tapped Robert Rugan to direct a film based on popular toy brand Kidrobot, sources confirmed for Variety. “The Last Airbender” producer Scott Aversan is producing the project.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say the robot-focused project will be live action — not animated. Matt Ember and Tom Astle, whose recent work consists of animated films “Home” and “Epic,” penned the script.

The adaptation was at one point set up at Paramount, but MGM picked up the film rights last year.

Rugan cut his teeth on the commercial scene for years, shooting for such companies as Visa, IFC, HBO and Kodak.

He was also behind popular video “Wiley vs Rhodes,” a live-action spoof of a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon. Sources say the video played into Rugan landing the gig based on the quality of live-action material based on something that was animated.

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‘Home’ Scribes Ember & Astle Take On ‘Kidrobot’ Pic At MGM

Exclusive: MGM has acquired the film rights to kidrobot, a collectible art-toy company, and the film company has hired Matt Ember & Tom Astle to write the script for a film that will mix animation and live action. They are coming off the DreamWorks Animation hit Home. The film will be produced by Scott Aversano. The producer and scribes also worked together on the Paramount film Failure To Launch, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. The writers…
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‘Home’ Review: Jim Parsons & Rihanna Team For Fun Frenetic Family Ride

Move over, E.T.: There’s a new lovable alien on Earth and ironically he’s in a movie called Home. This new DreamWorks Animation confection is the company’s only planned release this year, and as I say in my video review above it is out-of-this-world fun for the whole family. The movie skews very, very young, but adults should be happy to go along for the ride on this road trip, though, because of the zippy dialogue in Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember’s screenplay and a fine…
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Film Review: ‘Home’ Continues Trend of So-So Animated Films

Chicago – What was once an “event” – even the the most medium level animated film was a rare movie occasion – has now become commonplace in the film market. Once that tipping point was reached, suddenly the event became just another weekend, with just another film like “Home.”

Rating: 2.5/5.0

To be fair, “Home” is aimed toward the younger set, who likes bathroom jokes and gags using nacho cheese (in 3D!), but on the adult level, these films have become a bit cynical, more marketing vehicles than notable works. Like last year’s “The Nut Job” and “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” the formula seems to be get some familiar stars to do voice work, create a extreme concept or easy-to-follow story, and market, market, market to the kiddies. Who suffers for these economic model sins? The parents paying the 3D premium – the price level of which is up to a decent
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Home’ With Jim Parsons, Rihanna

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Home” starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna!

“Home,” which opens on March 27, 2015 and is rated “PG,” also stars Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Matt Jones, Derek Blankenship, Brian Stepanek, Nigel W. Tierney and April Winchell from director Tim Johnson and writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember.

To win your free “Home” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone.

If you must enter on your smartphone,
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Home review: Jim Parsons and Rihanna's disjointed adventure

Home review: Jim Parsons and Rihanna's disjointed adventure
Director: Tim Johnson; Screenwriter: Tom J Astle, Matt Ember; Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez; Running time: 94 mins; Certificate: U

Now that even Pixar are making more sequels than original films, it's encouraging to see DreamWorks attempt to launch a fresh franchise story, but is it good enough to rival the likes of Despicable Me and Toy Story?

Based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows an alien race called the Boov who, despite being rather incompetent, manage to take over Earth in order to hide from their enemy.

To do this, the Boov move the entire human race in big pockets of desert space, thinking they are doing us a favour in the process. On paper, if this plot was taken by someone like Neil Blomkamp or James Cameron, it could have been transformed into a rather terrifying sci-fi horror film
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Film Review: ‘Home’

Film Review: ‘Home’
Hey “Home,” E.T. called — he wants his huggable-alien concept back. Introduced in the film’s opening seconds, when he bumps that little boy with the fishing rod from the DreamWorks Animation logo, over-eager alien invader Oh represents Jeffrey Katzenberg’s best hope at harnessing some of his old pal Steven Spielberg’s intergalactic buddy-movie mojo. Unimaginative and downright predictable by grownup standards, but bursting with elements sure to appeal to younger auds — including cutesy character design, quotable alien catchphrases and solid musical/vocal contributions from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, who add a dose of diversity to the human cast — Dwa’s lone 2015 feature release should manage to squeak past the $100 million mark during a relatively competition-free spring, while reinforcing the studio’s recent standing as the Pepsi of the animation world: It’s potable, but a distant second to the real thing.

Still smarting from the dual blows of a
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Jim Parsons Hides on Earth in Second Full Trailer for Animated 'Home'

Originally slated for release this week, DreamWorks Animation opted to send their sci-fi adventure Home to theaters next spring. And since Penguins of Madagascar gets the prime holiday release slot this weekend, that means we get a new trailer for the film featuring the voice of Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as the unfortunately nicknamed Oh, a clumsy alien in hiding on Earth. Speaking in a dialect that seems lifted from cat memes (you'll see what I mean), this guy seems to be a lovable walking accident, but there are more of his race (including Steve Martin as their leader) coming to our planet, looking for a new home. Watch! Here's the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Home, originally from Yahoo: Watch the original animated short film over here along with the first theatrical trailer right here. Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written
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"G.I. Joe 3," "Goblins" Score New Helmers

"Casino Royale" and "Green Lantern" director Martin Campbell is reportedly the top choice of both Paramount Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to take the helm of a third film in the "G.I. Joe" series according to Schmoes Know. Filming is aiming to begin in the first half of next year.

The site claims official negotiations have not yet begun, but the job is essentially Campbell's if he wants it. Jonathan Lemkin ("Devil's Advocate," "Lethal Weapon 4") is penning the script which will center on Dwayne Johnson's character Roadblock. Adrianne Palicki is also expected to reprise her role as Lady Jaye.

In more concrete news, Deadline reports that Disney has set "Get Smart" helmer Peter Segal to direct the film adaptation of the children's book "Goblins" by Ari Berk and acclaimed illustrator Brian Froud. Tom Astle & Matt Ember will script the adaptation, while Sagal and Michael Ewing will produce.
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‘Get Smart’ Director Peter Segal to Helm Disney’s ‘Goblins’

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If you enjoy immersing yourself in the magical realms of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, then you might be excited to learn that a creature-centric children’s book illustrated by the conceptual and costume designer for both of those films is being adapted by Disney. Goblins, based on the book written by Ari Berk and illustrated by Brian Froud, is set to be helmed by the director of Get Smart.

Deadline reports that Peter Segal is set to direct Goblins for Disney, based on the 2004 book, Goblins! A Survival Guide And Fiasco In Four Parts. Tom Astle and Matt Ember are slated to scribe the kid-friendly creature feature for the big screen, with Ari Berk and Brian Froud executive producing the project.

Time will tell if this new “bring the whole family” movie with a touch of horror can equal the high standards of Laika’s offerings (ParaNorman,
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Watch: Jim Parsons, Rihanna Team Up in Animated ‘Home’ Trailer

Watch: Jim Parsons, Rihanna Team Up in Animated ‘Home’ Trailer
DreamWorks Animation has released the trailer for “Home,” which shows Jim Parsons and Rihanna voicing an unlikely pair.

Parsons is the alien Oh — a named taken from the annoyed groans of his peers whenever he shows up — and Rihanna provides the voice of a teenage girl named Tip. The two team up to save Earth in the animated pic.

“Home” also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, who plays Tip’s mother, and Steve Martin as the leader of the Boov, Oh’s alien race. The film is based on Adam Rex’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday.”

The trailer comes as DreamWorks releases “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ this weekend. The movie has seen widely positive reviews.

Tim Johnson directed “Home,” with Matt Ember and Tom J. Astle (“Epic,” “Get Smart”) co-writing the adaptation.

“Home” will be released March 27, 2015, via Fox.
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Check Out The First Trailer For DreamWorks Animation’s Home

It looks like DreamWorks Animation finally has another hit on its hands with sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which opens in theaters tonight. If Dragon does indeed breathe fire at the box office, the company’s executives will finally be able to relax a little, considering that three out of four of the studio’s last efforts - Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman – have been financial disappointments. Next up, the studio has Home, about a girl (voiced by Rihanna) who befriends an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his race.

Based on the first trailer, Home is a bit more risky than some of DreamWorks’ other ventures, but hopefully kids will show up in droves to see the cute aliens, called Boovs, at the movie’s center. The studio is clearly putting a lot of trust in director Chris Johnson (Antz,
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