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‘Folk Hero and Funny Guy’: Alex Karpovsky-Wyatt Russell Comedy Finds a Buyer

18 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide rights to the comedy “Folk Hero and Funny Guy,” starring Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell.

The film premiered in April at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and scored 100% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Jeff Grace made his feature directorial debut with a script he wrote about a successful singer-songwriter, played by Russell, who hatches a plan to help his friend (Karpovsky) by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour while his friend has been struggling with a declining comedy career and broken love life.

The film also stars Meredith Hagner (“Search Party”), Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”), Hannah Simone (“New Girl”), Heather Morris (“Glee”), Michael Ian Black (“Another Period”) and David Cross (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). “Folk Hero and Funny Guy” will premiere in theaters and on demand on May 12.

Grace starred in and produced the 2012 black comedy “It’s A Disaster.” He combined tales of »

- Dave McNary

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Disney Boss Bob Iger’s Pay Slips Just Over a Million Dollars in 2016

13 January 2017 2:31 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney Boss Bob Iger made about a million dollars less in 2016 than he did in 2015, but hey, he’s still pretty rich. The company chairman and CEO hauled in $43.9 million last year. Not bad, but not as good as he did in the two previous years. Iger made $44.9 million in total compensation in 2015, and a healthy $46.5 million the year before. Iger’s pay included a $2.5 million base salary, $17 million in stock options and $20 million in incentives. Also Read: Anna Kendrick In Talks With Disney to Play Female Santa Disney’s stock is up 348 percent since »

- Tony Maglio and Matt Pressberg

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Entertainment Feature: Top 20 Celebrity Portraits of 2016, By Photographer Joe Arce

13 January 2017 9:16 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The year 2016 was a dangerous one to be a famous person. In the past twelve months, one dozen of my former photo subjects passed away, celebrities who at one time or another famously posed for my lens. However, on a positive note, at least photos are forever. Or to quote the immortal words of Pee Wee Herman – “Why don’t you take a picture, it will last longer!”

The ranking of the portraits are based on a combination of the star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the difficulty of landing the quarry…for those budding smart-phone-celebrity-stalkers who may wish to play along at home. So without further adieu, I present my top 20 celebrity portraits of 2016.

20. Peter Bogdanovich

Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Here’s to Peter Bogdanovich, who apart from Woody Allen is one of my all-time favorite directors. »

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A.V. Club Live: Join us live for NewsFire, where we’re talking Anna Kendrick and Chris Brown

13 January 2017 8:39 AM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

A.V. Club Live is our daily chat show, broadcasting live via Facebook every weekday at 10:30 a.m. Central.

It’s been a hell of a week, what with America moving closer and closer to impending doom and everything. Today on A.V. Club Live we’re trying to make sense of it all with our NewsFire crew, who’ll be picking apart all of the top entertainment news stories from the past seven days. We’ll be talking about all the news coming out of the winter Television Critics Association conference, the ongoing battle between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy, and whether or not we think Anna Kendrick makes a convincing Santa Claus.


- Marah Eakin

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Pitch Perfect Set Secrets! Ben Platt Takes Our Aca-Awesome Quiz and Reveals Where Benji Is Going Next

13 January 2017 7:04 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Gather round, Pitch Perfect fans — because People’s got an aca-awesome surprise for you.

Ben Platt – the actor who played the lovable magic-obsessed Benji in the 2012 film and its 2015 sequel — paid a visit to the People offices to talk about his hit new Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen. 

We also got the chance to ask the 23-year-old musical theater star about his Pitch Perfect days — and he spilled secrets from the set, dished on his costars and reflected on the success he’s found in the wake of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

Ben Platt and Hailee Steinfeld in Pitch Perfect 2. »

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Anna Kendrick Getting Jolly As a Female Santa Claus For Disney Comedy

13 January 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After setting Kevin Hart to play Santa Claus in a holiday comedy called Dashing Through the Snow, Disney is looking to shake up the traditional image of jolly old St. Nick in another big way. Anna Kendrick is in talks to star in a holiday comedy currently going by the title Nicole, which revolves around […]

The post Anna Kendrick Getting Jolly As a Female Santa Claus For Disney Comedy appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Anna Kendrick up for Disney’s female Santa movie

12 January 2017 6:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney is working on a new female led Santa Claus movie and Anna Kendrick is up for the lead role.

From Marc Lawrence, the writer of Miss Congeniality, the film – which is working under the title Nicole – revolves around the tale of Santa’s daughter who has to take up the family business after her father decides to retire.

An exclusive coming from Variety reports that Kendrick, the Pitch Perfect star, is currently in talks to take centre stage in Disney’s reimagining.

Marc Lawrence will also be directing the movie, his first outing in the main chair since The Rewrite which starred Hugh Grant. Susanne Todd will produce the movie for Disney.

Kendrick herself has appeared recently in The Accountant, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Trolls and will be returning for the third Pitch Perfect movie next December. »

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Anna Kendrick to play a female Santa Claus, *sunglasses drop* deal with it

12 January 2017 12:06 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

It seems Anna Kendrick is going to be starring in a new Disney family film (tentatively) titled Nicole, about "Santa’s daughter who is forced to take over the family business when her father decides to retire and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight." It is being written by Miss Congeniality scribe Marc Lawrence, who is also set to... Read More »

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Anna Kendrick to play female Santa Claus

12 January 2017 7:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Disney casts the Pitch Perfect actor as Father Christmas’s daughter, who takes over the family business after her dad’s retirement

Anna Kendrick is set to play a female Santa Claus in Disney’s new movie written and directed by Marc Lawrence, according to Variety.

Currently titled Nicole, the story involves Father Christmas chucking in the towel on presents delivery and his son getting cold feet at the prospect of taking over. This leaves Kendrick to don the big red suit and get the reindeer in reins.

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Anna Kendrick is all set to play a female Santa Claus

11 January 2017 10:10 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick is all set to play a female Santa Claus in a forthcoming film from Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence, who will also direct this project, which is currently being referred to as simply Nicole. The film is being set-up at The Walt Disney Studios.

Kendrick, who was last seen opposite Ben Affleck in the action-thriller The Accountant, would lead the cast in the film which Variety says ‘revolves Santa’s daughter who is forced to take over the family business when her father decides to retire and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight.’

The actress has just literally started filming Pitch Perfect 3, and there’s no official word on when this festive frolic will go before the cameras.

The post Anna Kendrick is all set to play a female Santa Claus appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Anna Kendrick to play female Santa Claus for Disney

11 January 2017 7:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 12, 2017

Anna Kendrick is set to move from Pitch Perfect 3 to Nicole, the story of the daughter of Santa Claus...

The festive season is finally over. The decorations are down, the lights are in storage, and you don't have to start thinking about Christmas shopping again for a good few months. But rest assured that the production line of Yuletide movies continues as the year trundles on, with the latest being Nicole.

Nicole is a movie that Disney is making, about a female Santa Claus. More specifically, with a slight Arthur Christmas twinge here, it's about the daughter of Santa Claus, who has to take over when her father retires, and her brother bottles it.

And now we learn that Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to take the title role in the movie. The film is being directed by Marc Lawrence (who made the really good fun »

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Anna Kendrick Enters Talks To Play Santa Claus For Disney’s New Festive Comedy

11 January 2017 6:26 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Pitch Perfect fan-favorite Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to headline Disney’s new, as-yet-untitled festive comedy in which she’ll play Santa Claus.

Per Variety, the project is currently brewing under the fetching name of Untitled Disney Female Santa Claus Movie – Nicole is another tentative title – and chronicles the story of Santa’s daughter (Kendrick) who is forced to take control of the family business at the 11th hour. It’s Christmas Eve, and those presents aren’t going to deliver themselves, leaving Nicole with little choice but to take matters into her own hands, check the list twice, and bring the festive spirit to one and all.

Miss Congeniality scribe Marc Lawrence is behind the pitch and may wind up directing should the project coalesce, though no further details were disclosed at the time of writing. Kendrick, who recently starred in DreamWorks’ Trolls movie and Ben Affleck thriller The Accountant, »

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Anna Kendrick In Talks With Disney to Play Female Santa

11 January 2017 5:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Anna Kendrick is currently in talks to star in “Nicole,” an upcoming Disney film about a female Santa Claus. The project has Marc Lawrence (“Miss Congeniality”) attached as director and screenwriter. It will be produced by Suzanne Todd, whose past films with Disney include Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” and its sequel, “Alice Through The Looking Glass.” Other past works by Lawrence include the romantic comedies “Music and Lyrics” and “The Rewrite,” both of which star Hugh Grant. Also Read: Anna Kendrick Names Her Dream Marvel Role - And It's Nuts Kendrick was last seen in a Disney film in 2014, when she. »

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Newswire: Anna Kendrick declares war on Christmas with female Santa Claus movie

11 January 2017 5:19 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Tensions between idiot misogynists and normal people were bad in the lead-up to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters movie, with idiot misogynists going after Leslie Jones, whining on reddit, and freaking out over the sort of hospital visit that apparently only Chris Pratt can do, but a new Anna Kendrick project just might trigger idiot misogynists even worse than Ghostbusters did. According to Variety, Kendrick is in talks to star in an untitled Disney movie from Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence about Santa Claus’ daughter taking over for him when he retires. In other words, a girl is going to replace Santa Claus.

Obviously, this is another instance of PC-culture running amok, since Santa Claus was perfectly good as he was and he didn’t need to have his legacy tarnished with a pointless stunt like this. This is going to ruin a lot of people’s childhoods, so we’ve »

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Anna Kendrick Wanted as Santa Claus in Disney Christmas Comedy

11 January 2017 3:15 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has had a truly staggering amount of success over the last year at the box office and interestingly enough, a lot of that still has to do with their original movies. Despite having massive franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, their original movies like Zootopia still do very well. So, why not do an original Christmas movie with Anna Kendrick? It looks like that may be the plan and what's more is that the 31-year-old actress would actually be playing Santa Claus.

According to a report from Variety, Disney is eyeing Anna Kendrick for a currently Untitled Disney Female Santa Claus Movie that would see her taking on the role of St. Nick. The movie has a working title of Nicole, which seems fitting based on the description, but that title hasn't been finalized. Here is how Variety is describing the movie.

"Currently going by the running title "Nicole, »

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Anna Kendrick Eyeing Female Santa Claus Tale for Disney and Marc Lawrence (Exclusive)

11 January 2017 2:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anna Kendrick is in talks to star in the untitled Disney Santa Claus film from “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence.

Currently going by the running title “Nicole,” the story revolves Santa’s daughter who is forced to take over the family business when her father decides to retire and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight.

Lawrence has penned the script and would direct the film. Susanne Todd is producing while Louie Provost is overseeing for the Disney.


Watch: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick Perform Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ From ‘Trolls’ in Cannes

The pic marks Lawrence’s first directing gig since the Hugh Grant pic “The Rewrite.”

Kendrick is coming off a busy 2016 which included the Warner Bros. pic “The Accountant,” the Fox comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”, the Sundance pic “The Hollars” and the recently released wedding pic “Table 19. »

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Anna Kendrick in Talks to Play Female Santa Claus for Disney Movie

11 January 2017 2:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to star in Disney's Nicole, a tale of a female Santa Claus.

Marc Lawrence is attached to direct, while Suzanne Todd, who worked with the studio on Alice in Wonderland, is producing.

Lawrence also wrote the script, whose details are being kept on ice. The twist, however, is that it is a holiday family adventure that centers on the coming of a female Santa.

Disney has done well in the past with tales of old St. Nick, having a hit franchise with the Tim Allen-starring Santa Clause trilogy, which launched in 1994.

Lawrence may be best »

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Trolls Invades Your Home Digitally Jan. 24, Disc Feb. 7

11 January 2017 10:50 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 10, 2016) – A hit with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, is the “feel-good” movie of the year receiving an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and a Certified Fresh rating on DreamWorks Trolls, the fresh, music-filled adventure packed with humor and heart dances onto Digital HD on Jan. 24 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends.  Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

From Shrek franchise veterans Mike Mitchell »

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'Keeping Up with the Joneses' and 'Ouija: Origin of Evil,' Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

10 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Deepwater Horizon (action-drama; Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson; rated PG-13) Kevin Hart: What Now? (stand-up comedy; Kevin Hart, Halle Berry; rated R) The Birth of a Nation (drama; Nate Parker, Armie Hammer; rated R) The Accountant (drama-thriller; Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick; rated R) Max Steel (sci-fi adventure; Ben Winchell, Maria Bello; rated PG-13) Sold (drama; Gillian Anderson, David Arquette; rated PG-13) Claire in Motion (drama-thriller; Betsy Brandt, Anna Margaret...

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The Accountant

10 January 2017 12:11 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Accountant

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

2016 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 128 min. / Street Date January 10, 2017 / 35.99

Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Andy Umberger, Alison Wright, Robert C. Treveiler, Mary Kraft, Jake Presley.

Cinematography Seamus McGarvey

Film Editor: Richard Pearson

Original Music: Mark Isham

Written by: Bill Dubuque

Produced by: Lynette Howard Taylor, Mark Williams

Directed by: Gavin O’Connor


Comic book action thrillers are so influential today, that more naturalistic suspense thrillers are giving way under the strain. Just winding up is a long series of paternal revenge & response thrillers starring Liam Neeson, who is forever striking back against the ‘evil forces’ threatening the sacred family unit. No action hero ever fights for right for its own sake anymore, it’s always because of some heightened sense of family loyalty or personal duty – a ‘me’ motive. My »

- Glenn Erickson

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