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‘Fancy Nancy’ Set to Become Disney Junior Movie, TV Series

27 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fancy Nancy” is about to step up her game in a wide-ranging deal with Disney.

Disney Junior has cut a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books for rights to the hugely successful book series about a plucky little girl who likes to be “fancy” in all aspects of her life. Disney Junior plans an animated telepic and series adaptation, targeted to premiere in 2017. The pact also calls for a host of merchandising tie-ins to be handled by Disney’s formidable consumer products operation.

Fancy Nancy,” created by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, has spawned more than 60 books that have sold some 28 million copies. The property has been chased for film and TV adaptations in the past. Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox had been developing a “Fancy Nancy” feature, with Tina Fey also attached to produce, but the project is no longer active.

Disney Junior chief Nancy Kanter »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Paramount promotes ‘Substitute Teacher’ to the big screen

25 March 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mr. Garvey is getting promoted to the big screen. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has pre-emptively snapped up Substitute Teacher, a film treatment of the popular Key & Peele comedy sketches featuring a hilariously prickly inner city substitute teacher doing time in a white, suburban high school.

Keegan-Michael Key will again star as takes-no-guff Mr. Garvey, and Jordan Peele will play a rival teacher who battles him for the students’ affections. The script will be penned by Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens, who co-produce Key & Peele for Comedy Central. Key and Peele will produce along with Shawn Levy and Dan LeVine of 21 Laps and Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato Young Entertainment.

Substitute Teacher is the second film project Key and Peele are working on. The duo begins filming Keanu for New Line next month. Written by Peele and Rubens, it centers on two friends who attempt to »

- A.R. Wilson

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'Key & Peele' Movie 'Substitute Teacher' Planned at Paramount

24 March 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in September, we reported that Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are developing a feature version of their Key & Peele substitute teacher sketch for Paramount Pictures. Keegan Michael Key, who plays the teacher named Mr. Garvey in the sketch, would only say that they are in talks with Paramount for the project, and that two of their Key & Peele writers are working on the script. Today Deadline has word that Paramount has pre-emptively bought their pitch for a Substitute Teacher movie.

Keegan Michael Key will reprise his role as Mr. Garvey, with Jordan Peele set to play a rival teacher who is trying to become the students' favorite. The original sketch, which debuted in 2012, follows Mr. Garvey, an inner-city substitute who refuses to take any flack from his all-white, suburban high school students. The video currently has over 72 million views on YouTube.

Key & Peele writers Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens are penning the script, »

- MovieWeb

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Key and Peele Set ‘Substitute Teacher’ Comedy at Paramount

24 March 2015 4:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount is launching development of classroom comedy “Substitute Teacher,” based on a series of sketches from “Key and Peele” stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

Key will reprise his role as the angry high school substitute teacher Mr. Garvey while Peele will play a rival teacher currying the favor of students. Key and Peele will produce with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine and Principato Young Entertainment’s Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak.

Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens, co-producers of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” will write the script.

The duo set up “Keanu,” a movie about a stolen cat, at New Line in October. The story follows a group of friends posing as drug dealers in order to retrieve a stolen feline.

Key and Peele met as castmembers on “MadTV.”

Peele is repped by Principato-Young and Jared Levine of Morris Yorn. Key is repped by UTA, »

- Dave McNary

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Kendrick Spirit: Jeffrey Blitz Reteams With Rocket Science Thesp for “Table 19″

24 March 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A project that was at one point in time set up at Fox Searchlight and had the Duplass bros. looking to direct from their own script, Jeffrey Blitz who has been attached to the project since 2011 is finally setting sail and will reteam with his Rocket Science star on Table 19. While she was mentioned back in November along potentials Steve Carell and Tina Fey, it was just announced that Anna Kendrick will indeed topline an ensemble cast comprised of Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew. Shooting will take place in Atlanta next week. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing.

Gist: Described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, the story explores what marriage means to those on the sidelines.

Worth Noting: Since »

- Eric Lavallee

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Key & Peele Turning A Sketch Into A Film

24 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been slowly making their presence felt in movie roles, but their eponymous sketch show for America’s Comedy Central is where they’ve really been making waves, with popular characters and memorable moments generating plenty of attention. Now Paramount wants to turn one of their more successful characters – Key’s tough-minded but deluded substitute teacher Mr. Garvey – into a film.The sketches, which have been a viral sensation on YouTube, see the inner city substitute teacher taking on a class of largely white, suburban students and refuses to take any of the guff he assumes they’re going to give him. Whether the concept can extend to a film remains to be seen, but regular Key & Peele writers Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens are writing the script, which will see Peele as a rival teacher who tries to become the students’ favourite. Shawn Levy »

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Giveaway

17 March 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is available on Blu-Ray, and I’ve got a copy waiting for you.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams (in one of his last roles) are at it again, and the family-friendly fun not only explodes off the screen in this one, but the Blu-Ray is jam-packed with goodies fans are going to love.

Check out all the info on the release below, including the full list of bonuses, and then enter to win your very own copy. As a little added bonus, I’ve got a crossword for you.

Bring home the adventure on March 10, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD!

Every Blu-ray™ comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings back to life your favorite museum heroes in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb available on Digital HD, »

- Marc Eastman

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Renner Set For "Story," "Captain America"

7 March 2015 9:43 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jeremy Renner is set to star opposite Amy Adams in Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama "Story of Your Life" at Paramount Pictures, FilmNation, Lava Bear Films and 21 Laps.

An adaptation of Ted Chiang's short story, the story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world. Adams plays an expert linguist recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

As she learns to communicate with them, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that help unlock the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

Renner will play a physics professor paired by the government with the linguist to help communicate with the aliens. Eric Heisserer has written the script for the project, which is being produced by Glen Basner, David Linde, Shawn Levy and Dan Levine.

Runner is also confirmed to have a role in "Captain America: Civil War" as previously rumored. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jeremy Renner Joins Amy Adams in ‘Story of Your Life’

6 March 2015 5:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeremy Renner will star opposite Amy Adams in the sci-fi project “Story of Your Life,” with Denis Villeneuve directing.

The project, based on Ted Chiang’s story, centers on aliens landing on Earth. The military then recruits Adams’ linguistic expert to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Renner will portray a physics professor brought on to help communicate with the aliens.

Eric Heisserer has written the script. Producers are Glen Basner’s FilmNation, David Linde’s Lava Bear Films and 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine.

Paramount picked up North American rights at Cannes last year, when Adams and Villeneuve were attached. Sony picked up most foreign markets.

Renner appears in a trio of upcoming tentpoles: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Mission: Impossible 5″ and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Villeneuve’s credits include “Prisoners,” and he’s helming the “Blade Runner” sequel.

Renner is reed by CAA, »

- Dave McNary

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Jeremy Renner Joins Amy Adams in 'Story of Your Life'

6 March 2015 4:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Avengers: Age of Ultron star Jeremy Renner has signed on to join Amy Adams in Paramount's sci-fi drama Story of Your Life. The project is based on the Hugo and Nebula-winning short story of the same name by Ted Chiang. Story of Your Life will actually serve as a reunion for both Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, who both starred in the 2013 Best Picture nominee American Hustle.

Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Hours) wrote the adapted screenplay, which centers on alien spacecrafts that have landed all over the world. Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who has been recruited by the U.S. government to try and communicate with the aliens, to see if they come in peace or if they are a threat to mankind. As she begins to find out why the aliens are here, she experiences intense flashbacks that offer clues to what these creatures truly want. Jeremy Renner »

- MovieWeb

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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – Nightcrawler, Pride, Mr. Turner, The Sound of Music, The Judge

1 March 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week from the UK…

Nightcrawler

One of 2014’s biggest surprises (and best films), Nightcrawler cemented Jake Gyllenhaal’s mini renaissance and cemented his place as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Here, he stars as Lou Bloom, a “nightcrawler” who finds employment as a investigate cameraman for a local new station, and soon sets out to become the best in the business. You can read our reviews here and here, as well as revisit out podcast on the film.

Order Nightcrawler On Blu-ray Here

Exclusive to HMV is stunning limited-edition steelbook, which is available at many HMV stores nationwide, but is very limited in quantity.

Pride

Winner of Best British Debut at this year’s BAFTA’s, Pride has been a firm favourite with many across both sides of the pond, and is set to follow the »

- Scott J. Davis

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James Franco Targets Father-Daughter Comedy 'Why Him?'

27 February 2015 5:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Franco is in talks to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him?, which will be produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps company and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pictures. Both of the production companies are based on the 20th Century Fox lot.

The plot centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to Stanford, to visit his daughter during the Christmas holiday. What started as an innocent family trip quickly spirals out of control, as the father gets into an unexpected competition with his daughter's new boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. While Variety doesn't specify which role James Franco will play, it seems likely that he will portray the billionaire boyfriend.

John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement) and Ian Helfer (The Oranges). No production schedule was given at this time, »

- MovieWeb

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James Franco in Early Talks to Star in Fox Comedy ‘Why Him?’

27 February 2015 4:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in the Fox comedy “Why Him?,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. John Hamburg is attached to direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer. Also Read: James Franco, Seth Rogen: Sony’s Interview-Less ‘Interview’ Premiere (Photos) The story follows a father who takes the family to Stanford to visit his daughter at Christmas and ends up in a competition against the daughter’s boyfriend, an internet billionaire. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour are producing. Also Read: ‘The Interview, »

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James Franco in Talks for Comedy ‘Why Him?’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”

A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing.

John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.

Franco most recently starred in Sony’s satire “The Interview” with Seth Rogen. He’s completed work on “Queen of the Desert,” which premiered at Berlin, “True Story” and “The Adderall Diaries,” and will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63.”

Hamburg directed and wrote “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly.” Stoller directed “Neighbors.”

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- Dave McNary

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Industry report on Korean cinema (January 2015)

19 February 2015 11:43 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Overview

The cinematographic industry presented some good numbers this month. It is estimated that more than 22 million people went to the cinemas. Sales reach $161 million dollars. Korean Films were watched by 14 million people, had a revenue of $100 million dollars and were able to get 62.43% of the total market. On the other hand Foreign Films grab the 37.38% of the market, were able to sell 8.4 million tickets rising $60 million dollars.

If we compare these numbers with the ones on January 2014 we can see that the industry had a slight decrease. The total number of admissions decline a 4.62% and rise $465 thousand dollar less. Despite of this Korean Cinema was able to get a higher market share than last year. It went from 57.83% in 2014 to 62.43% in 2015.

Movie Release

The Korean Films release this month that gather most viewers were, Love Forecast directed by Park Jin-Pyo with 1.760.696 viewers (Cj Entertainment), Gangnam Blues directed by Yoo »

- Sebastian Nadilo

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Shawn Levy developing animated Mr Men and Little Miss movie

1 February 2015 1:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Roger Hargreaves’ classic children’s book series Mr Men and Little Miss are heading to the big screen, with Fox Animation snapping up the rights to the beloved characters for an animated feature film which will be produced by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum).

“I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids,” said Janet Hsu, head of rights holders Sanrio, Inc. “Their humour, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can’t wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.”

Launching in 1971, the Mr Men and Little Miss series spanned 85 characters, selling over 120 million copies around the world, and also spawned a BBC cartoon series that ran between 1974 and 1985.

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- Gary Collinson

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Blu-ray available to pre-order

29 January 2015 2:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from its Christmas theatrical run, in which it earned over $380 million worldwide, the final chapter in the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, is now available to pre-order for its UK Blu-ray release via Amazon.

While no official confirmation on the release’s technical specs or special features have been announced, the release is due to have the usual Digital release, a Digital copy of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum 2, as well as over 90-minutes of special features.

Directed once more by Shawn Levy, the film stars Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stephens (The Guest), Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Ricky Gervais (The Muppets Most Wanted), Steve Coogan (The Trip to Italy) and the late Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire).

Early information points to a February release, but again this is to be announced. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shawn Levy To Produce Fox Animation’s Mr. Men Little Miss Movie

28 January 2015 11:20 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fox Animation has secured the motion pictures rights to the iconic Mr. Men Little Miss characters.

Shawn Levy - the producer and director of the blockbuster family franchise Night At The Museum, among others – will produce through his Fox-based 21 Laps Entertainment. There is no director or writer yet attached to the project. Fox Animation Production VP Ralph Millero is overseeing Mr. Men Little Miss for the studio. Will Rack and Emily Morris are overseeing for 21 Laps.

Commented Levy: “I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids. Their humor, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can’t wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.”

The Mr. Men Little Miss series of timeless characters originated in books created by Roger Hargreaves in 1971 in the U.K. Each of the 85 characters is named after his or her unique personality traits, »

- Michelle McCue

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Blu-ray available to pre-order

28 January 2015 10:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from its Christmas theatrical run, in which it earned over $380 million worldwide, the final chapter in the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, is now available to pre-order for its UK Blu-ray release via Amazon.

While no official confirmation on the release’s technical specs or special features have been announced, the release is due to have the usual Digital release, a Digital copy of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum 2, as well as over 90-minutes of special features.

Directed once more by Shawn Levy, the film stars Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Owen Wilson (Inherent Vice), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stephens (The Guest), Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Ricky Gervais (The Muppets Most Wanted), Steve Coogan (The Trip to Italy) and the late Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire).

Early information points to a February release, but again this is to be announced. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Here’s Why American Sniper Used That Creepy Fake Plastic Baby

20 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Refusing to get drawn into distracting debates about the film's politics, American Sniper audiences of every ideological stripe have come together to ask the question that really matters: What the hell was up with that fake baby? In one emotional scene in the film, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are forced to pretend that a plastic doll is their child, the sight of its its hard, lifeless body made all the more unsettling by the living human-baby noises in the sound mix. The reviews have been merciless: "It's so obvious, and neither one of them looks like they are comfortable holding it. The weight's all wrong, and it shows from the way they have to try to liven it up with their own body language. Cooper in particular looks like he's just plain never held a baby." —Hitfix "[Is it] a Brechtian thing?" —Shawn Levy "The babies' noses are flawlessly buttony, their »

- Nate Jones

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