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Sony Pictures Animation today announced the addition of three new cast for the lineup of talent in the next Smurf adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village. This all-new animated adventure is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. Joining the already announced Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf will be triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck-It Ralph) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clumsy, who's forever trying his best and missing the mark; Danny Pudi (Community) as book smart and geek proud Brainy, who's long on knowledge, but short on inter-Smurf-onal skills; and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as the strong and super-positive Hefty, a loyal dynamo struggling with his hero complex.
The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, Smurfs: The Lost Village is set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017. The fully-animated return »
Last month, a new report claimed that Disney and LucasFilm had narrowed down their final candidates to play the iconic Han Solo in their upcoming Star Wars Anthology adventure. The finalists included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner, who were part of a much larger field of candidates who were mentioned in a separate report from December. Today we have a new report from Star Wars News Net that claims two more actors are up for the role, who weren't previously mentioned, Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich. But there may be an unexpected twist that no one saw coming!
Last year, Taron Egerton mentioned that he would love to play Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, but he wasn't among the several actors mentioned who had auditioned for the role. Others who reportedly tested to »
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and now Star Wars: Episode VIII all receiving December releases, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Disney has given up on the saga’s traditional May dates.
Well, it seems that isn’t quite the case, as Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the young Han Solo Anthology movie is retaining its May 25th 2018 date (at least, for the time being).
“[Rogue One] is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories,” said Iger on a Disney earnings call. “We’re already in pre-production on out next one, for release in May 2018.”
The Han Solo movie is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie), while the shortlist for the role of the smuggler is said to include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. »
- Gary Collinson
While the world is still reeling from the success that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney knows that the only place to look is forward. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost completely in the can, but coming out of The Force Awakens, most fans are itching to see what happens next in the overall saga in Star Wars Episode VIII.
Yes, the film may have recently been pushed from May of 2017 all the way to December, but that hasn't done a whole lot to delay the picture's shooting schedule. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the filming of Episode VIII has already begun, with director Rian Johnson at the helm.
“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in »
- Joseph Medina
Just two months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, breaking box office records worldwide, the next chapter in this sprawling sci-fi saga is underway. Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that shooting on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun. This comes with news that writer and director of the sequel Rian Johnson is making a few special modifications to that galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Episode VIII was originally supposed to start shooting this past January. Principle photography was pushed back a few weeks to mid-February, just as the release date moved from May 2017 to December 2017. After confirming that the cast was back on set, Bob Iger proceeded to give an update on the entire Star Wars universe as it currently stands. This news all came form The Walt Disney Co.'s quarterly earnings call.
First on the agenda was championing The Force Awakens' incredible haul at the box office. »
It has been a noticeable trend at Fox this pilot season — many of the network’s pilot orders came with a director already on board, leapfrogging the first stage in pilot production which involves locking in a helmer. All of Fox’s comedy pilots except for the very first to get ordered — Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe’s time-travel half-hour — were picked up with directors attached. (Ironically, the Lord/Miller comedy pilot, greenlighted a month ago, still… »
Fox is continuing to beef up its pilot slate of comedies, ordering two more projects, Variety has learned.
“The Enforcers,” a female buddy cop comedy, hails from writers Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. It centers around two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.
Fox has also ordered an untitled comedy pilot from writer Chris Case. The interracial family sitcom follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond, an African-American, ex-nfl lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons. The potential series will center around him »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.
“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.
Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »
- Kristopher Tapley
With the bulk of pilot orders seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, Fox still has a few comedy pick-ups to go — and the latest is an untitled workplace comedy from writer Laura Steinel, Variety has learned.
The half hour, single-cam comedy centers around Jane who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future.
From Steinel, who’s a staff writer on Amazon’s “Red Oaks,” the pilot will be exec produced by Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) and “The League’s” Jeff Schaffer, who is also attached to direct. Steinel will also serve as co-exec producer. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.
Fox’s comedy pilot slate is still light with just two projects in contention: “The Mick” from scribes John Chernin and Dave Chernin, which revolves around a hard-living, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
In the olden days — that would be the 1300's — people woke up before dawn to get hammered and see 50 plays they'd seen a dozen times already. Long before that, our ancestors gathered around the fire for stories they could recite as well as you and I can rattle off our favorite "Simpsons" bits. Shakespeare's audiences knew how his plays would end before they took their seats: if it's a tragedy, everyone dies; if it's a comedy, everyone gets married. How predictable, how dry! And yet, look, Shakespeare still gets produced and people still read the "Iliad," we gluttons for punishment keep trudging back for more of the familiar. What could possibly be the allure? Read More: Phil Lord and Chris Miller Adapting 'Serial' Podcast for Television (Really!) The answer is simple: a good story is a good story. And a good story, compellingly told, is an even better story. Which brings us to "Serial. »
- Seth Simons
A salute to the hit crime podcast that paved the way for TV’s Making A Murderer and American Crime Story: Serial, now airing season 2…
Despite playing a role in geek culture for years, it’s taken one expertly told story for podcasts to finally penetrate the mainstream. True Crime podcast Serial received massive acclaim and global attention in 2015, uniting its millions of listeners with a compelling narrative and a terrific storyteller.
With new Netflix series Making A Murderer and FX show American Crime Story attempting to capture the same public attention, let’s consider what made Serial such a hit.
For the uninitiated, Serial span off from This American Life, a weekly podcast that unwound from October to December 2014. Its first season picked apart the case of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man who was imprisoned at the age of 18 for the murder of his former girlfriend, »
Disney's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back the iconic Han Solo (Harrison Ford) for the first time in 32 years, although this reuinon with fans was bittersweet, to say the least. While there have been rumors that this beloved character will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, nothing is set in stone yet, but even if he doesn't appear in that movie, we'll get to see a younger version of Han Solo in the new Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm haven't made a final decision about who will be cast yet, a report from earlier this month revealed that Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman are on the short list for this role, and both of them recently spoke about this project with MTV.
As if there was ever any doubt, Disney Chairman Bob Iger has confirmed the modern Star Wars saga will continue beyond Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX in 2019, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemingly has the depth to outlive us all.
In terms of the rejuvenated galaxy far, far away, news that the House of Mouse plans to continue expanding the Star Wars universe long into the future should come as no surprise; after all, between the initial $4 billion investment and the early boon from last year’s The Force Awakens – to the tune of $1.8 billion at the time of writing – Disney is only getting started.
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When quizzed about the franchise’s staying power by the BBC, Iger noted that there are currently four Star Wars films incubating in varying stages of development. They are, in order of release date, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »
- Michael Briers
While at this year's Sundance Film Festival, actors Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman spoke to MTV News about the magnitude of stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes to play Han Solo. "We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump," said Reynor. He added, "You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to, [it] "would be kind of an incredible gig to get." Logan Lerman apparently has no fear. "I don’t think I’d be intimidated. It would just be fun." Which do you think is the proper approach to playing Han Solo - cocky or reverent? Should the actor try to replicate Harrison Ford or put his own spin on Solo? Phil Lord and Chris Miller direct the picture »
MTV News caught up with actors Jack Reynor ("MacBeth") and Logan Lerman ("Fury") at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where the topic for both of the interviews were about the two actors being up for the role of young Han Solo in a standalone Star Wars film which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The film is rumored to take place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tell the story of how Han Solo came to be the legendary pilot of the Millennium Falcon along with his trusted Wookiee, Chewbacca.
During the interview, Reynor was asked about the pressure of portraying the iconic smuggler with the actor saying:
"We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump. “You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It »
- J.B. Casas
Earlier this month it was revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm have narrowed their search for the young Han Solo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming Star Wars anthology movie to around twelve actors, with Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner all said to be in the running.
“I don’t think I’d be intimidated,” said Lerman. “It would just be fun. ut, I mean, I really can’t speak about it. There’s nothing I can really say about it right now, at this point in time.”
“We’re talking about Harrison Ford,” adds Reynor. “He’s no chump. You can’t do an imitation. »
- Gary Collinson
William Blatty’s The Exorcist novel will be adapted again, this time for Fox on the small screen…
The iconic horror novel The Exorcist, by William Blatty, was the inspiration for the 1973 cinematic classic of the same name. Now, it’s being adapted again, this time for the small screen. Fox has ordered a TV pilot episode based on the novel.
This hour-long drama pilot has been described as ‘a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.’
We don’t know much more than that, at this stage, other than the fact that Jeremy Slater (who worked on the scripts for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four and the sci-fi thriller The Lazarus Effect, both released in 2015) has written the pilot. He »
Fox has ordered a pilot for “The Exorcist,” based on William Blatty’s 1971 novel, which inspired the iconic 1973 horror film of the same name.
The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
The project hails from 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Morgan Creek Productions, and was written by Jeremy Slater, who also executive produces alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.
This development season, diversity is a high priority for Fox — the broadcaster has already ordered a pilot for a “24” spinoff with a non-white lead; Dan Fogelman’s female baseball drama “Pitch,” starring Kylie Bunbury; and Lee Daniels’ untitled music drama, starring Queen Latifah, which is centered around the making of a girl group. »
- Laura Prudom
The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.
The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.
The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’
The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.
- Paul Heath
Maybe it was the buildup toward Back To the Future Day, but time travel became a favorite arena this development season, with some of the top creators and producers — Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke, Phil Lord & Chris Miller and Kevin Williamson — tackling it with high profile projects. Ryan and Kripke’s drama Time came to market first in August, sparking a bidding war and landing a pilot production commitment at NBC. Williamson’s Time After Time, based on the 1979 novel by Karl… »
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