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Ferrell and Poehler will portray parents who lose the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition and open an underground casino out of desperation. “Neighbors” writer Andrew J. Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien.
Warner Bros. has also moved Todd Phillips’ comedy-drama “Arms and The Dudes” back five months from March 11 to Aug. 19, 2016. The film, based on a true story, follows two small-arms dealers — played by Miles Teller and Jonah Hill — who wind up in over their heads after receiving a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. has bumped Todd Phillips comedy “Arms & The Dudes” from March 11 to August 19, 2016, the studio announced Thursday. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play two young men who win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The film will now open against Focus Features’ animated title, “Kubo and the Two Strings.” See Photo: 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': First Look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander The studio also announced that the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler New Line comedy “The House” is slated to open on June 2, 2017. The film is about a guy. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
“Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.
The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.
- Dave McNary
All those years talking to anxious filmmakers about box-office returns, release dates and strategy certainly paid off for Dan Fellman at his retirement send-off. The power and respect the distribution executive has amassed during the nearly 40 years he's worked at Warner Bros, including serving as president of domestic distribution since 1999, was on full display at the Nov. 11 bash at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Two of Hollywood's biggest directors — Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood — delivered the official speeches, while the guest list included Adam Sandler, Hangover director Todd Phillips, producer Irwin
- Pamela McClintock
“Limitless” has joined the list of new fall series to receive a full-season order, Variety has learned. The back nine puts the CBS drama at a 22-episode order for its freshman season.
Additionally, CBS has ordered six more scripts for medical drama “Code Black,” signaling faith in the series.
“Limitless,” starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, has been one of the most promising rookie performers this fall, consistently retaining most of its young-adult lead-in from “NCIS: New Orleans” on Tuesdays. Through five weeks, the action drama has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 9 million total viewers in same-day viewing, rising in Live+3 on average by about 0.9 in 18-49 and by about 3 million total viewers.
“Code Black,” anchored by Marcia Gay Harden, has averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall in same-night averages through its first four weeks, and it has grown on average by about 0.6 in »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The film was originally slated to hit theaters on March 11, 2016, but Stx Entertainment has pushed the picture back to May 13, 2016, where it will face off against “Snowden.” The drama about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is directed by Oliver Stone. It will also do battle with “Friday the 13th,” a remake of the classic horror film.
“The Free State of Jones” centers on a Southern farmer who joins with slaves to lead an armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) directs the picture. In its old date, “Free State of Jones” would have mixed it up with the Todd Phillips comedy “Arms and the Dudes” and the thriller “Valencia.” By moving the picture, Stx Entertainment is »
- Brent Lang
The series centers around Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), an ordinary man who discovers the brain-boosting power of a mysterious drug known as Nzt and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive skills to help them solve complicated cases.
McDorman stars opposite Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) who plays a highly skilled special agent with a dark past, Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”) as a former military officer who has become a special agent, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (“The Color of Money”), as a canny manipulator who is in charge of special agents and has a clandestine relationship with a shady senator and presidential hopeful played by Bradley Cooper.
- Elsa Keslassy
After crafting a bona fide white-knuckle ride with last year’s Oscar-winning American Sniper, screenwriter Jason Hall is breaking new ground to make his directorial debut with Ptsd drama, Thank You For Your Service. Having penned the script for the war flick himself, Hall is iterating on his American Sniper storytelling in a big way, and today The Wrap brings word that Whiplash and Fantastic Four star Miles Teller is in contention to join the nascent project.
It’s worth keeping in mind that there is currently no deal in place for Teller to board the DreamWorks flick, though early signs indicate he could be in line to play one of three Us soldiers in the post-traumatic stress narrative. Arriving home from the Iraqi war, Thank You For Your Service charts the trials and tribulations left facing servicemen and women who try to assimilate back into society and the humdrum »
- Michael Briers
As he dusts himself off after the belly flop of the new Fantastic Four and looks instead to the future, Miles Teller is finding no shortage of work. He’s now in early negotiations to star in American Sniper writer Jason Hall’s directorial debut, Thank You For Your Service. The writer adapted the script from David Finkel’s nonfiction 2014 tome, which followed what happened to American veterans home from Iraq and their struggles to adapt to civilian life after their experiences in combat. And the script focuses on three specific soldiers who must deal with what they saw overseas and how that affects their re-integration into family life and the workplace. From the sounds of it, Teller is up for the role of one of the troopers, and it sounds like something he could bring some intensity to. There’s no word on when the film might start production. »
DreamWorks Studios has hired veteran executive Andrew Calof as vice president of production.
He will report to production president Holly Bario. Calof has worked for the past four years at New Regency Productions, where he held the title of VP of production and worked on best picture Academy Award winners “Birdman” and “12 Years A Slave.”
Calof joined New Regency in 2011 from Paramount Pictures where he served as director of creative affairs and worked on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “World War Z” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
He began his career at Dimension/Miramax Films and The Todd Phillips Co.
- Dave McNary
Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening American Ultra in St. Louis.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening on Tuesday, August 18th at 7Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
It seems that with the release of Fantastic Four Miles Teller is the "it" guy right now - at least until the weekend is over. Well, even when you.re riding high, following up a role in an Academy Award winning film with a Marvel/Fox superhero flick, not everything comes up a win. Take for example the fact that Teller got uncerimoniously dropped Damien Chazelle.s La La Land because he was no longer "creatively right" for the role. In an interview with Esquire Magazine Teller spoke about being offered a role in the second feature film from the director of Whiplash, only to abruptly lose it after a call was made to the actor.s agent. In the article, Teller explains that he almost had to drop Todd Phillips. Arms and the Dudes to be a part of the musical, but then found out through a third party »
Paris– Mark Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most prolific film and TV producers, is set to deliver a keynote at Mipcom, the Cannes-set international TV confab.
Gordon’s keynote, scheduled on Oct. 5, will be part of the Mipcom’s “A New Creative Excellence” conference program.
The Mark Gordon Company develops and produces upscale content for global distribution. Through its alliance with Entertainment One (eOne), Gordon’s shingle also finances independent, third-party film and television productions. The partnership with eOne has led to the creation of an independent studio that combines Gordon’s track record of working with emerging and established talent with the financial and distribution expertise of eOne.
Gordon ’s TV slate includes five scripted series across multiple platforms: “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS — two of the longest-running series in recent television history; “Ray Donovan” on Showtime; upcoming drama series “Quantico,” premiering Sep. 27 on ABC; and spinof. »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
- Sasha Stone
There was a point four or five years ago where it seemed like every studio comedy released was some variation of the guys-being-guys trademarked formula. You know – dudes knocking down beers, talking about chicks, engaging in various gross out antics, ribbing one another… Judd Apatow ushered in this bromance with The 40-Year Old Virgin and Todd Phillips took the blueprints to its nihilistic breaking point with his Hangover series. These were the biggest comedies around… until suddenly they weren’t. Look no further than the not-so-spectacular box-office results of Entourage and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as proof. There’s something almost quaint nowadays about the genre. Watching out-of-shape grown men playing x-box, smoking a doob, picking their noses, lying about not doing anything, cursing one another off, scratching their balls – it’s all become dare-i-say… humdrum. I guess part of the initial appeal is the shock value, that ‘oh »
- Tommy Cook
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
Aloha was a rare stumble for Bradley Cooper, but now he’s dusting himself off and pressing forward with another intriguing project. Cooper and Todd Phillips are teaming up for Ghost Army, a World War II adventure based on real events. The title refers not to a squadron of lost dead souls, but to a special […]
- Angie Han
Though Aloha was a critically derided dud, the film’s failure isn’t expected to hurt star Bradley Cooper, seeing as much of the scorn was leveled at director Cameron Crowe and (to a lesser extent) Emma Stone for playing a character outside her race. With culinary pic Adam Jones and biopic Joy out this fall, Cooper is gearing up for a much better rest of his 2015, and now he’s boarding another fascinating project.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has secured rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ WWII nonfiction The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing out of 22 & Green, with American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar also on board in the same capacity, and they’ve set Earth to Echo writer Henry Gayden to pen a script. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back when The Monuments Men came out, Dave suggested that Hollywood turn The Ghost Army into a movie and a year later, it's happening! Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. just scored the rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles' The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. [caption id="attachment_473607" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing via 22 & Green and will be joined by American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar. The trio and the studio have locked Earth to Echo scribe Henry Gayden to pen the script about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, an army unit of artists, architects, actors, set designers and engineers who were assigned to pose as Us Army soldiers and stage combat to deceive the enemy. Apparently the group's actions saved thousands of lives and there's currently a campaign underway »
- Perri Nemiroff
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