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Batman fans have been anxiously anticipating next week's “Gotham” premiere and the Fox show's star, Ben McKenzie, who plays a young Commissioner Gordon, is willing to bet that the hype won't be in vain. “I'm really proud of it,” McKenzie said during his exclusive interview with TheWrap. “I think it's going to work, and work really well because I think the episodes we are making are really good. But we will find out soon.” See video: Ben McKenzie Explores the Origins of Batman's Villains in ‘Gotham’ Teaser (Video) McKenzie and Fox previously joined forces for the ratings hit ”The O.C.” from creator Josh Schwartz, »
- Tony Maglio
We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.
Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »
In some cobwebbed region of my brain I have probably stored the information that J.J. Abrams once wrote a screenplay for a Superman movie for Warner Bros. titled Superman: Flyby of which McG (as well as Brett Ratner) was originally attached to direct, but I had completely forgotten it until this following audio essay by Mr. Sunday Movies popped up online (via Slashfilm). Now the essay goes into detail about the various stages of the screenplay (which is available right here) and how the story was meant to be played out, including Kryptonian kung fu, the death and resurrection of Superman and an idea where Lex Luthor is also Kryptonian. I don't know much about Superman lore and don't really care, but the plot of this thing sounds horrible. Apparently Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") was commissioned at one point to rewrite Abrams' script and Robert Downey Jr. was considered as »
- Brad Brevet
Shut the chuck up, Chris Pratt was almost Chuck?! In an interview with Hitfix, which was conducted solely to discuss the awesomeness of Pratt after Guardians of the Galaxy's box office domination, Chuck creator Josh Schwartz revealed he actually wanted Star-Lord as the NBC cult hit's leading man after working with him on The O.C.'s final season. (Oh hey, Che!) "He was the first guy I wanted to play 'Chuck'. But as fate would have it, he was destined to guard the galaxy, not the Buy More," Schwartz revealed. "And might I add, couldn't happen to a nicer guy." Of course, the role eventually went to one of Hollywood's other nicest guys, Zachary Levi, and »
That Chris Pratt is the star of one of the biggest movies of the year (two, really, even if people didn't specifically see "The Lego Movie" for him) is perhaps surprising to filmgoers who didn't know him at all (or only knew him from supporting roles in films like "Moneyball" or "Zero Dark Thirty"). But it's almost certainly not surprising to TV fans who watched him grow up from the unexpected heart of "Everwood" as sensitive jock Bright Abbott, to a scene stealer on "The O.C." as rich kid revolutionary Che, through his current role as man-child musician Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation" — three roles that, together, showed off the range, charisma and impeccable comic timing that he brought to the role of Star-Lord. And it is absolutely not a shock to the people he worked for on those shows. As "Guardians of the Galaxy" prepared for its second »
- Alan Sepinwall
MTV has picked up the distribution rights to No Cameras Allowed, a documentary directed by and starring James Marcus Haney, who turned a penchant for crashing the backstage of rock concerts into a budding career as a rock videographer. Lis Rowinski, who runs motion picture for Fake Empire, the production entity run by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, is producing the doc along with Matt Barber and Michelle Knudsen. Photos Capitol Music Group Celebrates Banner Year Schwartz and Savage are exec producing along with Haney, frequent Fake Empire music collaborator Alexandra Patsavas, Robyn Demarco, Joshua Vodnoy, Michael Raimondi, Mason Novick
- Borys Kit
“So Blake Lively just launched her Goop” is how someone explained Blake Lively’s new website to me a few hours ago. Now, I am not a cynical person. I believe in giving everything at least half a chance. I can acknowledge that Goop is a thing that people care about, even though nobody can figure out whether to spell it “Goop” or “goop” or “Goop.”
And to the extent that every generation needs their Goop–just like every generation needs a hero or a Highlander or a defining entry in the MarioKart series–Blake Lively seems like someone who could pull that off. »
- Darren Franich
In May, Saban Brands and Lionsgate officially announced their plans for a new Power Rangers feature film. The franchise began 20 years ago as a television series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It was about the "adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil." Today, The Hollywood Reporter reported, X-Men: First Class' screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to pen the script for the live-action Power Rangers reboot. Keep in mind, many screenwriters contributed to X-Men: First Class, like Jamie Moss, Josh Schwartz, Zak Penn, Sheldon Turner, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. And it was cobbled together from other X-Men film projects like the solo Magneto film. As for Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, they have collaborated in the past on several projects, like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe. This new Power Rangers film will also get »
Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, everyone wants to get their hands on some of that John Green box-office magic. Now, Canadian actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Stories We Tell) is in talks to adapt Green's debut novel Looking for Alaska, about a teenage boy away at boarding school who falls in love with his beautiful, volatile best friend Alaska. While Paramount has owned rights to the book since 2005 and even had a script penned by The O.C.'s Josh Schwartz, there hasn't been much movement on the project until now. Meanwhile, adaptations of two of Green's other novels, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines are also in development. Can somebody please start working on an Avengers-esque John Green team-up movie? »
- Anna Silman
Fans of John Green had to wait a long time to get any of his films to the big screen, but it looks like our birthdays and Christmases might just come at once! It has been revealed that Paramount Pictures are currently developing Green’s debut novel Looking For Alaska, and is eyeing up actress/director Sarah Polley to pen and possibly direct the project.
Looking For Alaska tells the story of a teenager Miles Halter who is sent away to boarding school and learns about living life on the edge from his beautiful and mysterious roommate Alaska Young. While Polley has starred in such films as Dawn Of The Dead, Go and The Sweet Hereafter, she has been causing a buzz with her film projects, even earning an Academy Award nomination in Best Adapted Screenplay for her movie Away From Her.
But with the success of The Fault In Our Stars, »
- Lucy Cave
Sarah Polley is in talks to adapt Looking for Alaska, the book that launched the career of Fault in Our Stars writer John Green. Photos 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 8 Other Tragic Tearjerkers With Kids and Teens Paramount is behind the adaptation, which will be produced by Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky via their Watermark Pictures banner. Paramount picked up the book rights back in 2005 and even had a script by Josh Schwartz, who was also going to direct. The script even made the prestigious Black List. But the project languished as the studio, like most others,
- Borys Kit
[Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven't seen Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones.]
Following Game of Thrones’ epic episode Sunday night, YouTube user StarvinLagoon mashed together Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” — the song that played when Marissa Cooper shot Trey Atwood in The O.C.’s dramatic season 2 finale — with Ygritte getting struck by an arrow and dying in Jon Snow’s arms in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones’ fourth season.
Watch it below:
- Chancellor Agard
Universal Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Fake Empire, the company run by “Fun Size” producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Universal will get first dibs on all projects that Fake Empire develops for the big screen. The studio and Fake Empire already worked together on the 2014 film “Endless Love,” a movie about young love, and are collaborating on “Monster High,” based on the Mattel franchise. Schwartz and Savage have had tremendous success in television, producing ‘The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck.” Those TV shows target the same young audience Universal would like to attract on the feature side. »
- Lucas Shaw
Universal Pictures has signed a two-year first-look production deal with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire banner. The announcement was made by co-presidents of production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum. Schwartz and Savage are currently writing and will produce the studio's live-action feature Monster High, based on the Mattel franchise of the same name, alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Schwartz and Savage also produced Endless Love for Universal. "Josh and Stephanie's ability to generate quality entertainment with a particular appeal for younger audiences has fuelled their success, and we look forward to working with
- Tatiana Siegel
The duo, known for TV hits like “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.,” are currently in production on summer sudser “The Astronaut Wives Club,” which ABC picked up in a 10-episode straight-to-series order earlier this year and for which Savage penned the pilot. (The team moved Fake Empire from Warners to ABC in 2013).
- Justin Kroll
The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.
The extension incorporates Imax into Universal and Legendary’s release strategy for their tentpole roster, which includes Dracula Untold in October, Seventh Son in February 2015, Fast & Furious in April 2015, Jurassic World in June 2015, Everest in September 2015, Crimson Peak in October 2015 and Warcraft in March 2016.
“The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.
“Universal and our partners at Legendary are committed to the tentpole business and this deal ensures audiences will experience our films in the unparalleled environment of an IMAX »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
First they were freaky fashion dolls. Then they had their own webseries, books, and straight-to-dvd movie. Now the terrifying teens of Monster High are gearing up for their big screen debut. And for this one, they'll be in the flesh. Variety reports Universal has announced a release date for a live-action Monster High movie. It will open opposite Ben Affleck's Live By Night on October 7, 2016. No talent or director has yet been attached to the project, but its producers include Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries), Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Endless Love), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Footloose, Drop Dead Diva). Monster High's story will follow a cast of characters that basically blend Barbie with Universal's classic monsters. For instance, the Monster High class includes Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, as well as Cleo de Nile, Deuce Gorgon, Ghoulia Yelps, Abbey Bominable, and Spectra Vondergeist. »
Universal Pictures has handed out an October 7, 2016 release date for Monster High, which we reported in November will be written by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The adaptation based on Mattel's popular toy line will go up against Warner Bros.' Live by Night from star-direcor Ben Affleck. Here's the official description of Monster High from Universal.
"Surviving high school's tough enough when your parents aren't the most legendary monsters in history. Finding your real identity while figuring out what to do with your secret one is just part of what the teenagers who attend super-secret academy Monster High go through every day-and night. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV's Gossip Girl and The O.C., Endless Love) wrote the screenplay based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire. »
Here's a look at some recent release dates: A Universal R-Rated Comedy will be released on May 13, 2016. Universal Pictures’ Monster High will be released on October 7, 2016. Fox's supernatural thriller Home moves from November 26, 2014 to March 27, 2015. Fox's animated picture The Penguins of Madagascar takes the vacant November 26, 2014 slot, moving up from March 2015. Relativity's Untitled Armored Car Project will open on August 14, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each film. Universal's untitled R-rated comedy might just be a follow-up to this year's recently released Nicholas Stoller film Neighbors. The film, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, has already earned over $150 million in its first two weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was in the works. There's nothing official to suggest this is the case just yet, as it could simply be a new project they're not ready to announce just yet. Here's the official word on the Universal project, »
- Dave Trumbore
The live-action adaptation of Mattel’s Monster High doll franchise is produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage under their Fake Empire banner along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron via their Storyline Entertainment shingle.
The story centers on teens finding their real identities while figuring out what to do with their secret ones at the secret academy Monster High. Schwartz and Savage are also writing the script.
- Dave McNary
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