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“Are you Mitty? Is this wish fulfillment for you?” Roach recalls asking Stiller about the movie’s tale of a middle-aged dreamer who embarks on a life-changing, globe-trotting adventure that finds him skateboarding down a highway in Iceland and swimming with a shark in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
It’s a question the ambitious Stiller gets often, so that when Roach, the man who directed him in the first two “Meet the Parents” films, inquired, he didn’t bat an eyelash. “Yeah, of course,” Stiller replied. “I think that’s what made it relatable.”
It’s not that the multihyphenate, who’s also a producer on the pic, necessarily identifies with the character, but he understands the draw. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Dave McNary
The Annie Award nominations have been announced celebrating the year's best in animated features. Winners will be announced during the 41st annual ceremony on February 1st.
Those competing for the top honor of Best Animated Feature include "A Letter to Momo," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," "Frozen, "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "The Wind Rises". [Source: Deadline]
Based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 book, the story follows the »
- Garth Franklin
On paper, director Shawn Levy.s ensemble dramedy This is Where I Leave You sounded like it held Oscar hopes in its back pocket. Now, news of a September release date confirm our suspicions. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. will drop Leave You into theaters on Sept. 12, 2014. The movie will be adapted from Jonathan Tropper.s 2009 book, with the author handling screenwriting duties. It will focus around members of a dysfunctional family reuniting for their father.s funeral, so there.s ample opportunity for laughter and tears. Levy has been steadily casting his dream ensemble for Leave You tapping several actors with whom he has worked in the past. Jason Bateman and Tina Fey . who worked with Levy on Date Night in 2010 . are the leads in Leave You. Which might suggest that the September release will be as wacky and slapsticky as this: At the same time, Levy has filled »
Check out the latest update to the release date schedule: Legendary Pictures’ Untitled Michael Mann Project will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015. Universal Pictures will release The Boy Next Door on Friday, January 23, 2015. Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, February 6, 2015. Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 (which is currently occupied by a little film called Star Wars: Episode VII), to March 11, 2016. Universal Pictures will release The Mummy on Friday, April 22, 2016. Also, Warner Bros.' This Is Where I Leave You will now open September 12, 2014. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Shawn Levy's R-rated comedy This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Timothy Olyphant, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda in a tale adapted from Jonathan Tropper's novel about a »
- Dave Trumbore
Based on the Jonathan Tropper novel, story follows a dysfunctional and idiosyncratic family in which the father’s death forces four grown siblings to spend a week together in the house where they grew up for the first time in a decade. Paula Weinstein and Jeff Levine also produce via their Spring Creek banner.
- Dave McNary
Word of another new project labeled as a "high concept" horror film has crossed our desks, and although details are scarce, we figured we'd pass it on so you can keep it on your radar.
Per Deadline, Fox Searchlight Pictures has picked up Zak Olkewicz's Elimination, a horror pitch to be produced by Shawn Levy through his 21 Laps banner. This marks the second studio sale this year for Olkewicz, who made a Dimension deal last spring on Ink and Bone, a script that topped the 2013 Blood List, which ranks genre scripts.
Elimination is said to involve a cerebral game of cat and mouse, but that's all anyone is saying so far.
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- Debi Moore
Exclusive: Fox Searchlight has picked up Zak Olkewicz‘s Elimination, a horror pitch to be produced by Shawn Levy through his 21 Laps banner. This marks the second studio sale this year for Olkewicz, who made a Dimension deal last spring on Ink And Bone, a script which topped the 2013 Blood List which ranks genre scripts. This pitch is described as a high concept horror film involving a cerebral game of cat and mouse. They are keeping the logline under wraps as high concepts are easy to rip off. DanTram Nguyen will oversee for Searchlight and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps, the label which produced The Spectacular Now and wrapped Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day at Disney. Levy as director wrapped This Is Where I Leave You for Warner Bros, and he is prepping Night At The Museum 3 at Fox. Levy’s repped by Wme, Olkewicz by Wme and Caliber Media. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Veteran director Shawn Levy pushed his storytelling skills and tackled a more series genre of comedy with This Is Where I Leave You, an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel about a non-observing Jewish family forced to come together for the first time in ten years and sit Shivah together as part of the recently deceased father’s dying wish. Variety reported that Warner Bros. scheduled This Is Where I Leave You for Sept. 12, 2014 in competition with the Screen Gems release No Good Deed and the Universal comedy Search Party. »
Between playing the outlandish Jean-Ralphio on NBC's Parks and Recreation and Clyde Oberholt on House of Lies, the multi-talented Ben Schwartz somehow found time to lend his voice to a snail named Skidmark in Turbo, currently available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. Skidmark is a part of the race crew who helps Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), a snail who gets blessed with amazing speed after falling through a car engine, realize his dream of racing in the Indianapolis 500. I recently had the chance to speak with this actor about his voice recording process, future projects, and much more. Here's what he had to say.
I have to imagine, for an actor, it must be a dream to play a character named Skidmark.
Ben Schwartz: Oh, when I came up in the business, »
Fresh off his father-son flick, After Earth, Will Smith is newly attached to another picture that will show off his fatherly chops, this time with a daughter, and yes, I’m sure there’s more than a possibility that his own daughter could play his costar in City That Sailed.
We reported that Will Smith was attached to the project as far back as March 2010. 20th Century Fox is producing the movie that follows a father in New York on an adventure to see his daughter in London after her desire to see him literally breaks the island of Manhattan off and allows it to sail to her.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest. »
- Jess Orso
The script is being written by Audrey Wells (The Game Plan, Under The Tuscan Sun) and the film will tell the story of a father in the city of New York whose love for his estranged daughter living overseas is so strong that it causes the island of Manhattan to break free from New York City and float across the Atlantic towards her.
This seems to be a safe bet for Will Smith whose career has taken a major dive in recent years, with his most recent movie After Earth (which also starred Jaden Smith) disappointing at the box office. And if Willow Smith isn't cast in this I'll be surprised. »
- Gary Collinson
Though we saw some truly great robot designs courtesy of Guillermo del Toro with this summer’s Pacific Rim, fans of director Shawn Levy’s 2011 film Real Steel will be happy to know that Noisy Boy is also getting the collectible treatment. Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a design for the robot Noisy Boy from ThreeA Toys that comes complete with 500 light-up features in the eyes, chest, abdomen, back, thighs, lower legs, and arms. The full figure is expected to ship June 2014 and will run you $389.99. Hit the jump to take a closer look. Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present, from ThreeA Toys, the Noisy Boy Real Steel Sixth Scale Figure. Crafted with exceptional attention to detail, including extensive articulation, and over 500 light-up features in the eyes, chest, abdomen, back, thighs, lower legs, and arms. Designed by renowned artist, Ashley Wood, the Noisy Boy Sixth Scale Figure will be an impressive addition to any collection. »
- Adam Chitwood
According to Deadline, "The story centers on a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean."
This definitely sounds like an interesting film project and something Levy would be good at bringing to life. Smith is always a fun actor to watch up on the big screen, but let's face it... his last movie, After Earth, was a giant turd. Only M. Night Shyamalan could make an actor like Smith look talentless.
The script for it is being written by Audrey Wells (George of the Jungle and The Kid), and production on the film starts early next year. »
- Joey Paur
City That Sailed: Will Smith will star in City That Sailed, confirming reports that began circulating three years ago. The story follows "a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean." (?!) As far as we know, the movie has nothing to do with Smith's adventures with broken bridges in Manhattan in I Am Legend (pictured above); it will, however, be developed and directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum). [Deadline] The Wonder Twins: The popular Midtown Comics in Manhattan received a movie poster from Warner Bros. in the mail, which is nothing unusual -- except it's for a movie that doesn't exist. The poster appears to reference The Wonder Twins, a Hanna-Barbara cartoon from the 1970s...
- Peter Martin
City That Sailed (a.k.a. The City That Sailed) is a project that’s had Will Smith’s attention for more than three years now, going back to right before he committed to making Men in Black III. The project now has the A-lister officially set as its lead, while 20th Century Fox has gone ahead and tapped Shawn Levy – director of Real Steel and the Night at the Museum franchise – to take the helm on this original fantasy-adventure.
An earlier script draft for City That Sailed was penned by writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Host), with a story about a (divorced?) New York street magician separated from his young daughter. The girl ends up ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Audrey Wells is penning the script about a father and daughter who live on the island of Manhattan as it breaks off and floats across the Atlantic Ocean.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox’s City That Sailed looks to be a very interesting film indeed. No metaphorical nonsense here, the film’s title is indeed the basis of the film – Manhattan island somehow breaks away from the Earth and begins its voyage across the Atlantic. I’m guessing the vast majority of the island’s population would be like this.
Will Smith has been hovering around the project since before he decided to join Men In Black 3 and has now officially been confirmed to star. Sitting high atop the director’s chair and watching out for icebergs is Shawn Levy, director of the Night At The Museum films and the 2-hour Google advert The Internship. The script is being written by Audrey Wells, with Smith and James Lassiter on production.
Levy has also been attached to direct Night At The Museum 3, which will release at Christmas next year. »
- Tom Durbin
The City That Sailed centres around the daughter of a New York City street magician who lives in England.
She discovers a set of magical candles in a lighthouse, and her wish to be reunited with her father causes the island of Manhattan to break away and begin moving across the ocean towards her.
Levy most recently directed The Internship and will next work on Night at the Museum 3.
Smith will be seen starring in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. »
The story centers around a street magician in Manhattan, New York, who is separated from his young daughter. She relocates to London, England and finds magic candles that make her wishes come true. This causes the island of Manhattan to separate from the continent and it floats toward England, bringing her dad closer to her.
Audrey Wells is writing the script, which was originally written by Andrew Niccol with Francis Lawrence directing. Shawn Levy previously directed Fox's The Internship and is will helm Night at the Museum 3.
One for Jaden, and now hopefully one for Willow. It would only be fair. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy signed on to helm City That Sailed starring Will Smith, a family fantasy movie about "a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean." Smith has been associated with the film since 2009 and really, what is Willow up to these days anyway? Finishing middle school? Whatever. We're sure they can work around it. Let's just do this, girl. »
- Halle Kiefer
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