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Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
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- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Sony Pictures and Escape Artists appear to be closing in on a director for their long-developing reboot of "Masters of the Universe". TheWrap reports the studio has narrowed the list of potential replacements for Jon M. Chu to just three candidates: Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid", "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), Chris McKay ("The Lego Movie" editor) and Mike Cahill ("Another Earth"). In development since at least 2003, the film is of course based on the popular Mattel toy line that’s served as a springboard for animated television series, comic books and the 1987 big-screen Dolph Lundgren vehicle. Terry Rossio ("Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Lone Ranger") wrote the most recent script. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Last fall, the forthcoming new adaptation of Masters of the Universe lost director Jon M. Chu but picked up writer Terry Rossio (one half of the duo responsible for writing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) for a new take on the script. Now Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are on the look for a new director, and they have an interesting shortlist. The Wrap says Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (editor and animation supervisor of The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) are up for the job. In addition, Justin Kroll from Variety says Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is also in the mix. More below! Zwart is the one who has the best relationship with Sony after directing their reboot of The Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2, but Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the project that is close to the style of Masters of the Universe, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures is still looking to get their live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie into development. Studios have been trying to get this movie made for years, and it looks like they are ready to try again. According to The Wrap, there are three directors who have emerged as frontrunners for the directing gig, those are Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor), and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid reboot).
Out of the choices here, I think Cahill is the most talented. I had a chance to see his I, Origins at Sundance, and it was simply mind-blowing. I would love to see him tackle something like Masters of the Universe. He would be my choice, but chances are they will go with Zwart because he worked with the studio before on rebooting The Karate Kid, and it made over $359 million worldwide. »
- Joey Paur
I'll bet Neil Gaiman was a fan of "The Fades." I would bet an equal amount that Jack Thorne is a big fan of "Sandman." Well, Warner Bros just got all "You got my chocolate in my peanut butter!" when they hired Jack Thorne to write the screenplay for the in-development feature film version of one of the greatest comic stories ever told. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to star in the film, and he's producing the movie with David Goyer. According to Deadline, Goyer's pitch for the film is what Thorne will be working from as he tries to crack a project that any number of writers have failed at for over 15 years now. If you want to read the second draft of the Terry Rossio/Ted Elliott approach to the film, it's online at their website, complete with an intro about their time working on the film. If you »
- Drew McWeeny
Since Jon M. Chu decided not to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures, the hunt has been on for a new filmmaker to head up the adaptation of the classic 1980s animated TV series and remake of the live-action 1987 film.
McKay doesn’t actually have any directing credits due to the fact that he has yet to helm a studio movie. However, having served as the editor (and animation supervisor/co-director) of the highly successful The Lego Movie, he seemingly has just a good a chance as the other names listed here. They could all bring something extremely different to the table, and Sony will have to choose wisely, especially as they’re hoping to build a »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe has lined up a new list of directors.
The reboot of the Mattel adaptation is once again gathering pace, according to The Wrap and Variety's Justin Kroll.
Among the listed contenders are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot).
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
A host of other directors have previously been rumoured for the film, including Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).
The short list for the He-Man movie Masters of the Universe has been revealed and it includes the likes of Harald Zwart, Chris McKay and Mike Cahill. Word is that there are other directors in the mix, but TheWrap only mentions the said three.
Jon M. Chu was previously attached to direct the film. He signed on to the project last summer and brought in Alex Wenk (Predators) to pen the script. The film is based on the classic 1980s animated TV series. He-Man is based in Eternia, and follows a blond warrior named Prince Adam who turns into the heroic He-Man and battles a villain named Skeletor out to conquer Castle Grayskull.
- Laura Frances
The news comes from Variety reporter Justin Kroll who says the final decision about said to come around next week.
This is a very different list to last month's reported 'short list' of helmers which included Rian Johnson ("Looper"), Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"), Andres Muschietti ("Mama"), Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie") and Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders ("The Croods").
- Garth Franklin
For better or worse, turning your favorite childhood memories into big-budget blockbusters is all the rage in Hollywood these days and the next beloved property on the chopping block is Masters of the Universe. Sony is trying hard to put the mediocre 1987 film behind them and reboot the franchise but it has proven to be rather difficult.
Back in November, G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu dropped out to go work on G.I. Joe 3 and the script immediately underwent another rewrite, this time from The Lone Ranger scribe Terry Rossio. The film still seems to be moving forward, however, as we just got word that five directors are on the shortlist to helm the project.
The shortlist is as follows:
- James Garcia
To my recollection Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was the last name attached to direct Masters of the Universe for Columbia Pictures. I'm not sure when exactly he dropped out of the picture, but the studio is looking around once again as Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) has finished a new draft of the screenplay. The names apparently in contention include Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken"), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2). Masters of the Universe began in the 1980s as a toy line at Mattel. It would eventually spawn comics, a cartoon series and a live-action movie in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren. The generic narrative centers on He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero and battles the forces of evil led by Skeletor. Looking at the list of names above, none »
- Brad Brevet
Despite a risibly poor first attempt with Dolph Lundgren and a lot of aborted efforts in the late aughts, Sony Pictures hasn’t given up on trying to bring their He-Man movie “Masters of the Universe” back to the big screen. After all, imagine all those franchise possibilities if it hits, since aside from “Spider-Man,” Sony is currently the studio sorely lacking in franchises. A recent attempt almost happened with Jon M. Chu, the director of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” but he bailed last year. Terry Rossio ("The Lone Ranger" and every "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie) has penned the most recent version of the script and is eager to bring this franchise back to life, and Sony has apparently narrowed down the field for replacement directors. The Wrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll both revealed some shortlist names this evening and they range from the predictable to the, wtf? While »
- Rodrigo Perez
After Jon M. Chu dropped out of Sony/Columbia's Masters of the Universe reboot, news on the He-Man picture front had been relatively quiet. Now, it looks as if a short-list of possible directors has emerged. That list reportedly includes Harald Zwart, Chris McKay and Mike Cahill. This is only a look at the frontrunners as no deals have been made and the studio has commented that other directors are still vying for the chair. We'll break the directors' resumes down after the jump. The Wrap reports that Zwart, McKay and Cahill lead the pack in the race to bring Masters of the Universe back to the screen. A competing story also offered up Jeff Wadlow as being in the mix: Justin Kroll @krolljvar, Mike Cahill and Jeff Wadlow are on the short list for Masters Of The Universe The movie, based on the Mattel toyline and 80s animated TV series, »
- Dave Trumbore
Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay […]
The post New Director Short List For ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Revealed appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account today that filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list to direct Masters of the Universe for Universal Pictures, with a final decision said to come as early as next week.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
No decisions on that but one should be coming in the next week #stopteasingyourscoops
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
Another report from The Wrap adds that Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie, and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) are also in contention for the directing gig. Despite never having directed a feature, Chris McKay is said to have the most momentum at this time.
The Academy Award nominations are imminent, so that can mean only one thing... it's time of courrse for the nominees for the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards!
It will come as little surprise to see that Razzie favourite Adam Sandler once again dominates the field with Grown Ups 2 garnering eight nods, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.
Check out the full list of nominees here...
- Gary Collinson
The comedy sequel is up for eight awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Sequel, Worst Ensemble and Worst Screenplay.
The actor previously made history by scooping 10 Razzies for his movie Jack & Jill.
The spoof awards ceremony will be held the night before the Oscars on March 2.
The Golden Raspberry Awards nominations in full:
The new "Masters Of The Universe" film will follow 'Prince Adam', the son of 'King Randor' of 'Eternia'. When the King is overthrown by his trusted advisor 'Skeletor', Prince Adam is cast off to the wastelands of the planet along with his sister 'Adora', his mentor 'Duncan' and childhood friend 'Teela'. Together they encounter a sorceress who shows them the power of 'Castle Grayskull', the mystical center of the planet. With the 'Sword of Power', Adam will become 'He-Man', 'Master of the Universe'.
'He-Man' was originally conceived as a series of Mattel action figures, marketed in 1982, spinning off into a 130-episode syndicated cartoon series, Marvel/DC comic books and a feature film starring Dolph Lundgren. »
- Michael Stevens
Sony Pictures' long-gestating live-action reboot of Masters of the Universe looked to be moving closer to becoming a reality back in 2012 when director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) signed on to bring He-Man and his pals to the screen, only for the filmmaker to leave the project in limbo this past October, dropping out to concentrate his efforts on G.I. Joe 3.
Well, it seems we might now have an indication as to who the studio is considering as Chu's replacement, with the guys over at Schmoes Know claiming to have the inside track on Sony's shortlist for the director's chair, with a source stating that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Andy Muschietti (Mama), Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods) and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) are all in the frame.
Of course, that's a pretty wide field, and there's nothing to say »
- Gary Collinson
Now, Schmoes Know has published an apparent short list of potential directors that the studio has reportedly compiled. The names on that list include:
This live-action film version of the toy line and animated series follows the warrior He-Man, the last hope for the magical land of Eternia which has been ravaged by the evil Skeletor.
- Garth Franklin
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