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Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
The series orders include Seth MacFarlane’s live-action entry “Dads,” which already had a six-episode commitment that has now been bumped up to 13 segs. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around two best friends, played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, whose lives change when their fathers move in with them.
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“Us and Them,” from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide Prods., is the only detour from the male-focus. It’s a wrong rom-com remake of the BBC2 series “Gavin and Stacey” starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel.
“Brooklyn” has »
- Cynthia Littleton
I am honestly surprised by just how omnipresent Lego is in the daily play lives of my kids. When I was young, Lego was a make-your-own sort of thing. Sure, there were plenty of playsets, but they were still general things like "space" or "construction" or whatever. These days, Lego is a licensing powerhouse, working with dozens of partners on videogames and toys and even movies. Chris Miller and Phil Lord only have two credits so far as directors for feature films, but when "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street" are the two films you've made, that's »
- Drew McWeeny
While Sony is patiently awaiting Oren Uziel's rewrite on the 21 Jump Street sequel, the studio has also tapped the screenwriter to pen another installment in the Men in Black franchise. Little is known about the logline for Men in Black 4, though the studio was apparently pleased enough with Uziel's pitch to give him the go-ahead. It's unclear at this time just how involved Will Smith would be with a fourth film and there are currently no deals for either Josh Brolin or Emma Thompson to return. After Men in Black 3 went on to earn a franchise-best $624 million, the studio is obviously eager to get another film in development. Uziel, however, will have to finish his draft on the 21 Jump Street sequel first, which Sony has already slated for a June 6, 2014 release. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Uziel has been tapped by Sony to pen »
- Dave Trumbore
Clone High Episode 2 ‘Episode Two: Electric Blu-Galoo’
When you were in high school, how far were you willing to go to get the person you liked to notice you? Like I said last week in the review of its pilot, one of the many levels of brilliance within Clone High is the show’s ability to make heart-warming parodies of teenage angst, and the extremes we’re willing to go to be popular and loved.
Of course, for Abe, this is truly taking things to the extreme (or X-Stream). When Cleo finds out she can’t run for re-election of the class thanks to some lame term limits, and plans to manipulate either JFK or Abe into winning to supplement the amount of popularity she stands to lose without being the head of the student body. Most of ‘Episode Two’ revolves around »
After spending the last seven years focused solely on features, comedy writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to television with a three-year pod deal at 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, made in a competitive situation, the duo, who have background in both live-action and animated comedy, will develop live action and animation series for network and cable under their Lord Miller banner. They will write and direct their own projects and also supervise other writers. With the deal, Lord and Miller are picking up where they left off in TV, reuniting with the studio where they were based just before leaving for features, working on 20th TV series How I Met Your Mother and Jake In Progress and pilots Awesometown, untitled Phil Hendrie, and Luis. “They’ve really grown up,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We used to think of them as young guys with wildly inventive ideas. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pact calls for the pair to develop, write and direct both live action and toon comedies under their banner Lord Miller. 20th Century TV anticipates that projects will land at both broadcast nets and cablers. Duo will also develop and supervise other scribes’ projects at the studio.
Miller and Lord’s history with 20th Century Fox TV includes penning and producing for “How I Met Your Mother.” Pair co-helmed feature film “21 Jump Street,” and also co-wrote and directed “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.”
“They’re incredibly versatile and have had great success in the feature world,” said Gary Newman, chairman of the studio. “If you were to describe our studio at all, we try to think of ourselves as very artist-oriented. These guys are idea machines, and we expect them to be prolific. »
- AJ Marechal
Directed by Todd Collyer and Harold Harris
Back in November of 2002, MTV aired a new animated series about high school called Clone High, which was co-created by a pre- Scrubs and Cougar Town Bill Lawrence. Due to poor ratings from a misguided public controversy (a poster with the Ghandi character in Maxim magazine) and poor support from the network, the show was pulled from American televisions before the last five episodes of the 13-episode first season aired. The powers that be didn’t realize what a masterpiece they had on their hands; Clone High is one of the most brilliant satires I’ve ever watched, taking a high-concept premise and making it infinitely relatable by infusing it with light-hearted but wildly intelligent parodies on life in high school. But after »
As far as we’re concerned, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are three for three on their high profile projects, as both their television series Clone High (R.I.P.) and their two feature films (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) are hilarious, clever, and scarily watchable entertainment diversions. Now the pair is attached to helm their very first sequel to their funniest film yet (sorry, Cloudy fans), as the pair are reportedly back in the saddle for 21 Jump Street 2: More Jumpier (perhaps not the actual title). When the sequel got finalized back in July, we only knew a few scattered facts – like that star Jonah Hill and screenwriter Michael Bacall were set to draft a new screenplay, that Channing Tatum and Hill would return to star, and that it would send the boys to college – and now we’ve got lots more to get excited about when it comes to »
- Kate Erbland
When a film like “21 Jump Street” winds up becoming such a huge hit ($200 million worldwide, to be more specific), the talk of a sequel is very much inevitable. But unlike many other films, thanks to the great chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, we welcome any news regarding a potential “21 Jump Street” sequel. And while directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have certainly kept themselves busy with the upcoming animated film “The Lego Movie,” it sounds like they are definitely on board. Producer Neal Moritz recently talked with Collider regarding “21 Jump Street” sequel news, and he’s not only confirmed that it’s happening, he says shooting is set to begin this fall. He also confirms that Phil Lord and Chris Miller “are attached to direct the movie, we’re actively developing the script with them. Right now we’ve got a first draft that we’re pleased and »
- Ken Guidry
As one of the 21 Jump Street movie's biggest naysayers prior to its release, I never could have imagined how much laughter and enjoyment there was to experience in watching the film. And while it would be wonderful to give all of the credit to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller . whose quirky senses of humor have given us Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and the animated Clone High . just as much of the surprises came from stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who gave Michael Bacall.s winning script the performances it needed to win over audiences everywhere. The obvious set up for a sequel, which was recently confirmed, was kind of a slap to the forehead, but in a recent interview with Collider, producer Neal Moritz quelled a few of the stronger sequel fears by revealing Lord and Miller are indeed attached to direct 21 Jump Street 2, and that »
Just after learning at CinemaCon last week that Sony was planning to release a sequel to the action comedy 21 Jump Street, there's even more good news. Producer Neal Moritz recently sat down with Collider and said that the college-bound follow-up to the 2012 sensation starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will bring back directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. There was some concern that they wouldn't have time since they're working on The Lego Movie for a February 2014 release, but it sounds like there will be enough time in their schedule to start shooting in late September or early October. More below! Moritz said Sony has an eye for a release in the summer 0f 2014, and Tatum and Hill will have Ice Cube back as their aggressive captain again. And while the producer also confirmed the sequel would take our undercover officers to college, he would not say which university they would be heading, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures confirmed during its CinemaCon presentation earlier today that 21 Jump Street 2 will hit theaters in 2014.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will reprise their 21 Jump Street roles as Schmidt and Jenko, two rookie cops who join an undercover program that sends them back to high school. 21 Jump Street earned over $200 million worldwide last year, making it one of the biggest comedy hits of the year.
We reported in January that Dave Franco will likely return as Eric Molson, although his involvement has not been confirmed at this point.
Last February, a month before the original 21 Jump Street hit theaters, Jonah Hill confirmed that he is working on the screenplay with co-writer Michael Bacall. Production will likely begin sometime later this year.
Sony is definitely moving forward with its sequel to "21 Jump Street." The studio announced during it's presentation at CinemaCon that the film will be hitting theaters next year.
Last July it was reported that "21 Jump Street 2" was in the works, with filming expected to begin in September 2013. Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall wrote the script, and Hill and Channing Tatum are expected to return as stars. It's unclear what the plot of the "21 Jump Street" sequel will be, but some speculate it will take Hill and Tatum's characters to college instead of embedding them in high school again.
"21 Jump Street" was one of the biggest comedies of 2012, so it's no surprise that Sony is excited to get a sequel moving forward. Dave Franco also has said he'll be back, while directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return once they wrap with "The Lego Movie."
"All I can »
- Terri Schwartz
After Sony failed to make good on its promise that the “21 Jump Street” sequel would shoot last fall, we were disappointed, but never truly doubted that we would be seeing a second film. You don’t just leave critically acclaimed and commercially successful stuff like that alone nowadays. Anyway, it looks like our faith has been justified, and a sequel is still in the works.Sony announced last night at CinemaCon that a sequel is slated for release sometime in 2014. It’s vague news, but something to keep our hopes alive. No more details about cast, director, or shoot dates were offered -- although we already know that Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall reteamed for the script. And we’ve long suspected that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would return to direct after “Lego: The Piece of Resistance,” as they clarified in earlier interviews that they wouldn’t be as »
- Tess Hofmann
Looks like Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are going undercover again. Last year's “21 Jump Street” was one of the most refreshing surprises in movies –- a whip-smart, oftentimes wildly obscene comedy big-screen remake of the hit dramatic television series, which took a pair of bumbling cops (Tatum and Hill) and put them undercover in suburban high school. It was like “Back to the Future” with gunplay and the F-word. And since then (the ending of the movie teased a possible follow-up), we've been wondering about a sequel. It doesn't help that co-star Channing Tatum became the biggest star on the globe in between “21 Jump Street's” release and now. Well, at a Sony presentation at the exhibitors showcase CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that it plans to have “21 Jump Street 2” into theaters in 2014. This puts production for the film, which will once again co-star and be co-written by »
- Drew Taylor
Following up from the blockbuster success of 2009 original, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is quickly shaping up to be one of the best animated movies of the year.
The first trailer and poster were released back in February, giving us a brilliant first look at the film. And that’s been followed this week by the first featurette, giving us another great taste of what to expect towards the end of this year.
And adding to all of that, Sony have debuted a new motion poster, taking the first poster we saw and making the food-animals move.
When inventor Flint Lockwood discovers that his most infamous machine – the Fldsmdfr – is still operating and is now creating giant mutant food beasts that threaten to destroy civilization, he knows he’s the only one who can stop it. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint and his friends »
- Kenji Lloyd
Sony Pictures Animation’s anticipated sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, arrives in theatres later this year, and we’re definitely looking forward to its return.
The 2009 original film took just shy of a quarter of a billion dollars for the studio, launching the feature careers of then-debut directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller have since gone on to direct last year’s 21 Jump Street and next year’s anticipated Lego movie. And so the studio have handed the reigns to new debut directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, with Lord and Miller serving as executive producers.
We saw the first trailer and poster debut earlier in the year. And now Sony Animation have released the first featurette for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, with the ever-brilliant Terry Crews giving us an inside look.
When inventor Flint Lockwood discovers that his most infamous »
- Kenji Lloyd
In case you didn't know, Terry Crews is replacing Mr. T as the voice of Officer Earl Devereaux in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The first trailer gave us a taste of the sequel with returning voice cast members Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt, Andy Samberg and Neil Patrick Harris, along with a whole slew of food animals that have overrun the town of Swallow Falls. Now Sony Pictures Animation has released a cool featurette giving a brief recap of the first film, and also having Crews guide us through some of the finer points of the sequel, including the infamous Sasquash. And no, that's not a typo. Here's the featurette for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 from Sony Pictures Animation: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has the original film's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller executive producing with a screenplay from Horrible Bosses »
- Ethan Anderton
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
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