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"One day I'm going to sing with those guys," an 8-year-old Seth Rogen whispered to himself 24 years ago in his quiet suburban Canadian house after seeing the video for Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" on Much Music. This weekend, that dream came to fruition at the third annual Hilarity for Charity event he hosted with his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen. After performances from the likes of Sarah Silverman, Weird Al, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (covering No Doubt’s "I’m Just a Girl"), Bell Biv DeVoe came onstage to do what they do. They event raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research. Great! As Bbd sings in the song's first verse, "Let's cure it 'cause we're running out of time." »
- Jesse David Fox
Neil Gaiman has seemingly hinted that a "slate" of Vertigo comic book films are in the works.
The writer assured a fan on Tumblr that the adaptation of his classic series The Sandman is still in the works.
The movie was not listed as part of Warner Bros' recently unveiled DC Comics film schedule.
"It's not a DC Comics film," said Gaiman. "It's a Vertigo film.
"That's a different slate of films, and a different announcement."
A television series based on Sandman spinoff Lucifer is in the works.
Plot: In 1988, a rebellious teenage girl.s mother leaves her home, and seemingly disappears. With an all too comforting father and a frustrated boyfriend, she begins to dig herself deeper into a dark and complicated world surrounding the disappearance. Review: Gregg Araki has always been a unique filmmaker and one that has never strayed from his indie roots. Even with what is arguably his best film Mysterious Skin featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it was a strange and cautionary tale about »
Here's a glimpse behind the curtain for you. We were just extricating food from the oven when news landed last Wednesday regarding Warner Bros' upcoming slate of movies. More to the point, its announcement to investors regarding the identity of 10 upcoming DC comics movies, as well as updates on its Harry Potter spin-off productions, and its planned Lego films. Our culinary treat was nearly ruined by the timing of Warner Bros' announcement. Not that we bear a grudge.
Anyway, amidst the many names on the list of DC films, there was one that was notable by its absence. Where was Sandman?
Of all the DC Comics movies announced last week, one in-development project was noticeably absent: the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal and beloved comic Sandman. The last we heard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was working on the film with Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer and Gaiman himself, with Skins and This is England scribe Jack Thorne on scripting duties.
Sandman‘s omission from the DC announcement raised some eyebrows, and left fans worried that the project had (once again) fallen off the rails. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Gaiman himself, Sandman wasn’t included in the DC announcement because it’s not technically a DC property…
“It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”
So, fret not, Sandman fans! The film is still very much in the works, »
- James Garcia
Earlier in the week, Warner Bros. broke the Internet when it announced it's ten film lineup for all DC Comics movies. Plus, they teased a solo Batman and Superman film are being released before 2020. That makes 12 films in all. Suspiciously left off the list was Sandman. Creator Neil Gaiman jumped on his Tumblr to explain why.
Apparently, Sandman is not a DC Movie. A fan asked Neil Gaiman about this shortly after the initial announcement was made:
"Despite talk last month about the script being worked on, Sandman wasn't mentioned by name in today's WB news release of scheduled DC Comics films. There are previously mentioned release dates without film titles attached, so it's not clear if the status of the project has been altered or if the team at WB decided to focus their news on the easier to group together capes & tights titles due out. Has their been »
Last week, Warner Brothers announced their plans for a massive 10-film slate of DC Comics movies, and their plans to squeeze new Superman and Batman solo films in before 2020. While that new slate includes films like The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, two Justice League movies, Cyborg, and even a Green Lantern reboot, one upcoming DC property was noticeably absent was the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
Produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer, and Gaiman himself, Sandman was put into production last November and is being penned by BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England). We heard back in August that the film was still in active development, so why isn’t it on the newly-announced schedule?
Well, according to Gaiman himself, Sandman wasn’t grouped in with the rest of the DC properties because it’s not a DC property. While the seminal comic falls under DC’s roof, »
- James Garcia
“Don't be the loser who misses out on prom,” the invites taunted. Even those who came but left the third annual “Hilarity for Charity” at the Hollywood Palladium before 11:00 p.m. on Friday night ended up the losers. Hosts Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen joined Bell Biv Devoe on stage for an “if you can dance like it's 1990, you can come on stage” finale to a night that raised over $900,000 for Alzheimer's research in a 1980's themed variety show prom. Also read: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie Christmas Eve Comedy Gets Release Date “I once smoked a joint. »
- Mikey Glazer
The Wind Rises (Japan: Kaze tachinu), 2013.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
A profile of Jiro Horikoshi (Anno/Gordon-Levitt), a Japanese engineer who designed fighter planes during World War II.
The swan song of Hayao Miyazaki…say it ain’t so!! Still, Clint Eastwood made a similar remark about retiring after Gran Torino (2008) and has still carried on. So maybe we haven’t seen the last of Miyazaki; it wouldn’t certainly be a huge loss to cinema and animation if it happens to be true. If Miyazaki has finally taken leave on his Ghibli efforts, what a way to go out. The Wind Rises is not the best the studio has produced – just because the man is leaving the business there is no need to get hyperbolic – though it is a spectacular film, »
- Gary Collinson
(Tread carefully; there are Major Spoilers ahead!) This morning, a news report from Channel 10 Wilx in East Lansing, Michigan, confirmed that a female Robin will be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The news came from an extra who wished to remain anonymous. This matched up with earlier reports that actress Jena Malone had dyed her hair red to play Carrie Kelley, the Robin in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. Now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Jena Malone has indeed been cast in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up. But is she playing Robin?
There is no confirmation from Warner Bros. or DC about this late addition to the cast, or which character she is actually playing. According to the Channel 10 news report, the character was added to the script late in the game during some last minute rewrites. Multiple sources confirm that Jena Malone »
Last year, we tracked the budding relationships of several celebrities that were coupling up and showing Pda around the world. Many of the flings fizzled, but other pairs - like Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long, Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Alyssa Miller - are still going strong. Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's Summer love resulted in a wedding, and Zoe Saldana is expecting twins with her Spring fling (and now-husband), Marco Perego! Cut to 2014, and there were plenty more new couples going public with their love. Khloé Kardashian found - then lost - a new boyfriend in rapper French Montana while Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently getting cozy with Tasha McCauley, the cofounder and CEO of a robotics company based in Silicon Valley. There's also Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, who have been spotted all over each other from coast to coast, and Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin, »
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crew is not having the best of times keeping things locked down in Michigan. First they reportedly had a Batmobile stolen, and now a local working as an extra has stolen some key scene information, providing a couple of big spoilers and one massive reveal to a local TV station in East Lansing. You should stop reading now, as Major Spoilers lie ahead...
Speaking with News 10 Wilx, an unidentified source working on director Zack Snyder's impending superhero adventure confirms that a female Robin does appear in Dawn of Justice. This matches up with what we've heard recently regarding Jena Malone possibly joining the film, after she was spotted on set and then later revealed her new red hair on Instargram, which matches Robin's look in the Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. It seems we'll definitely be seeing Carrie Kelley in the movie. »
Everyone knew that Warner Bros. was planning to release a fleet of superhero movies based on the DC Universe. And now studio head Kevin Tsujihara has revealed the titles of those superhero movies, announcing an ambitious slate of 10 films spread throughout interlocking franchises that will star beloved characters like Superman and Batman, plus lesser-known characters like Shazam and Cyborg. They're also making a new Green Lantern movie, but not until 2020, by which time Ryan Reynolds' child will be five years old and his parents will never talk about how they met, not ever. Here are the 10 announced films. (Click »
- Darren Franich
We don't yet know who will be cast as Marvel's Doctor Strange, but it seems like every known actor has been rumored for the role. We look back at all eighteen actors who have reportedly been in the running over that last four years and give you a bit of info on the casting woes.
From our understanding, the two actors who came the closest have been Joaquin Phoenix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first concept that almost went into production was to have a 30 something actor as Strange, who could be the new center of the Marvel cineverse in the way Iron Man is currently. The thinking was that by casting younger they could get more movies out of the chosen actor. When a deal with Gordon-Levitt couldn't be made, the script was changed to have an older Doctor Strange. During that rewrite period we went six months without any casting rumors. »
- Free Reyes
If only Marvel could conjure up some kind of magic — perhaps while someone wears a cape — to create a viable candidate to play their Doctor Strange in, uh, Doctor Strange (see! naming the movie is easy! why can’t casting be, too?). Rumors about a Doctor Strange film have swirled like so much mystical fog for years now, but the film is finally coming together for a 2016 release. One teensy problem, however? The feature still doesn’t have a leading man. Oops. We’ve been through, yes, entire years of chatter on this one, and still, no Doctor Strange. Will that change soon? (Well, yes, but haven’t we had fun getting there? No?) Behold! A brief history of trying to find a proper actor to play an iconic character as part of a multimillion dollar franchise! October, 2008: Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige admits that he’d love to see the good doc on the big »
- Kate Erbland
Fox and Paramount have put the proverbial cards on the table and reshuffled several release dates for a variety of their upcoming films. Chief among them is Independence Day 2, with Fox pushing Roland Emmerich’s long-gestating follow-up off 2016’s Fourth of July weekend, meaning ID4-2 will now open on June 24th.
This now pits the sequel up against Universal’s revamped take on The Mummy and, perhaps more importantly, ushers Independence Day 2 away from Tarzan, Spielberg’s The Bfg and an as-yet-untitled Marvel film that is currently holding on to July 8th, 2016.
Sticking with Fox for the meantime and it’s understood the company has postponed the Rupert Friend-led Hitman: Agent 47, with the video game adaptation now expected to hit theaters on August 28th, 2015 as opposed to its original February release.
In terms of Paramount, we’ve learned that Christopher B. Landon’s upcoming zom-com Scouts Vs. »
- Michael Briers
From "Mean Girls" to "Masters of Sex," Lizzy Caplan is everywhere we want to be and in everything we want to see. That might include next year's sequel to the surprise hit "Now You See Me," which the actress is currently in talks for.
Isla Fisher was one of the few the lone women holding down the fort in 2013's "Now You See Me," which co-starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Mélanie Laurent. Fisher, who appeared in the acerbic 2012 comedy "Bachelorette" with Caplan, had to bow out of the sequel because she's pregnant. Daniel Radcliffe will also appear in "Now You See Me 2" as the son of Michael Caine's character's Arthur Tressler.
- Jenni Miller
A couple of key release date changes today.
The Weinstein Company has pushed back the kids film "Paddington" from a Christmas Day to a January 16th 2015 release. They've also delayed the animated film "Underdogs" by three months so it will now open on April 10th 2015.
The "Hot Tub Time Machine" sequel was slated to open at Christmas, but now it has been pushed back by two months and will open on February 20th 2015. That shift has bumped "Scouts vs. Zombies" which has been delayed eight months from February 20th 2015 to October 30th 2015.
Fox International has pushed back the film adaptation of the video game "Hitman: Agent 47" by a full six months - from February 27th 2015 to August 28th 2015. 20th Century Fox has also moved up the sci-fi sequel "Independence Day 2" by a week - from a July 1st to a June 24th 2016 release.
Finally, Sony Pictures has set a November »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve got a few release date stories to attend to this evening. Briefly: The Independence Day 2 release date has been moved up a week, from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016. Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 is being moved from February 2015 to August 28, 2015. The untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved up from December to November 25, 2015. The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is being pushed from this Christmas to January 16, 2015. More on these films and their new dates after the jump. Director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel now moves away from Warner Bros.’ Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg on its title appropriate weekend, as it will now square off directly against The Mummy reboot on June 24, 2016. Cast has yet to be announced, but we do know that Will Smith will not be back. Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 starring Rupert Friend »
- Adam Chitwood
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s untitled Christmas Eve comedy will premiere around Thanksgiving 2015, bumped up from December 11. [THR] Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a public conversation about having a baby. [The Wrap] Amy Poehler opens up about her experience with hard drug use in her new book Yes Please. [E!] Emma Stone and Mindy Kaling address rumors of being tied to the new Ghostbusters. [Vulture] Mad Men‘s secretary Teyonah Parris lands a role in Dear White People. [NY Post] Uma Thurman‘s ex-boyfriend Arpad Busson is suing for custody their two-year-old daughter Luna. [Gossip Cop] The Kardashian sisters, including a very pregnant Kourtney, glam up for a new photo spread. [Us Magazine] Teresa Giudice is still attempting to escape her prison sentence. [Thg] Nick Lachey gives »
- Taylor Ferber
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