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“Heroes come in two sizes,” the trailer teases before dishing out a variety of car crashes, gunfights and banter between the stars.
Hart plays a former high school sports star turned accountant who is contacted by a former classmate (Johnson) who used to be overweight and bullied but has since become a contract killer for the CIA. “I need your skillset to save the entire free world,” Johnson tells Hart, much to Hart’s dismay.
Johnson revealed via an Instagram post that this inspiration for his character, Bob, “has always been Tom Hanks in ‘Big’ with an added twist. »
- Dave McNary
Yesterday, fans got their first official look at the summer comedy Central Intelligence, with new photos featuring stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. Today Warner Bros. has unveiled the first trailer, which features Dwayne Johnson like you've never seen him before, as a fat guy. Don't worry, The Rock is still in great shape, but this trailer features a flashback to his character Bob's high school days, where he wasn't in peak physical condition.
The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former "big man on campus" (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the numbers-cruncher realizes what he's getting into, it's too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, »
Yahoo has flunked out of Greendale Community College. Its failure to forge a business from the revival of Dan Harmon’s cult comedy “Community” and two other scripted series is emblematic of the once-mighty Internet company’s muddled biz strategy overall.
The botched run at programming at primetime-level costs, which was supposed to draw on marketers’ TV budgets to reach Yahoo’s billion-user global base, is another black eye for CEO Marissa Mayer. While investors aren’t clamoring for her head yet, the clock is ticking for Yahoo to prove its ability to grow profitably.
Mayer and chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt — the lieutenant who oversaw Yahoo’s content efforts until quitting last month to join independent studio Stx Entertainment — had ballyhooed “Community” as anchoring a bold new premium-content strategy to round out its live and short-form video pillars.
But viewers, and the ad bucks to support the shows, weren »
- Todd Spangler
Yahoo will no longer pursue The Pursuit. The site confirmed today that it has cancelled its plans for the sitcom about a group of young friends.
The series, from executive producer Scott Stuber, was announced last April as part of Yahoo's NewFronts presentation and billed as a Friends for the millennial generation. The cancellation doesn't come as a complete surprise, as Yahoo just recently revealed they lost $42 million on their original series programming.
However, Yahoo isn't entirely out of the TV game yet. They still have plans to produce an electronic music competition show from Simon Cowell.
What do you think? Do you want to see more original series from Yahoo? »
The news about Yahoo’s original programming has gone from bad to worse. Less than a week after it revealed a $42 million loss in its original video division during the third quarter of 2015, the media company cancelled its plans to release a TV-length comedy called The Pursuit, according to a report by Variety.
The Pursuit, from executive producer Scott Stuber, is a comedy about a group of young friends who are seeking love and success in modern day New York City. Does that sound familiar at all? Now that The Pursuit is out at Yahoo, it is free to be picked up by another network or streaming video distributor.
Yahoo’s decision to axe The Pursuit comes six months after the comedy was announced at the media company’s annual Newfronts presentation. Notably, The Pursuit was the only program out of the 18 on Yahoo’s Newfronts slate to feature a half-hour format. »
- Sam Gutelle
In a show of confidence Robert Simond’s distributor has pushed back its Matthew McConaughey Civil War drama to May 13 of next year.
The Free State Of Jones was initially scheduled to open on March 11 2016.
The Oscar winner stars as Southern farmer Newton Knight, who organised an armed rebellion against the Confederacy. After the war Knight established a mixed-race community and lived with his former slave wife.
Stx has confirmed another date and scheduled The Space Between Us for July 29 2016.
The story centres on an online romance between the first human born on Mars and a Colorado girl that triggers a race against time to unravel the mystery behind the Mars colony »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more outrageous, Ted and his Bff are back in the hilarious, boundary-busting buddy comedy, Ted 2, coming to Digital HD on November 24, 2015, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 15, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The follow up to Ted, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, Ted 2 features more of the hysterically raunchy banter that has made writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane an entertainment world powerhouse—as well as a touching story of brotherly love. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include an Unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage that was too rude for the cinema, but makes this year’s most outrageous comedy the perfect gift for fans of this very adult spin on a childhood icon.
“Funnier, wilder and even more naughty than the first movie!” according to Bill Zwecker, Wfld-tv (Fox), Ted 2 »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Bluegrass Films has optioned The Spy Who Loved, a biography written by Clare Mulley about WWII British spy Christine Granville. Cat Vasko has been hired to write the script, and Bluegrass’s Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing. Mulley will be a consultant on the project. Granville took on one dangerous mission after another, skiing over the High Tatras into occupied Poland, serving in North Africa and Egypt and North Africa, parachuting behind enemy lines… »
Universal Pictures is getting back in business with Liam Neeson, acquiring an action-comedy pitch entitled The Revenger for the actor to star in. The pitch comes from screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who will write the script, with Ruben Fleischer attached to direct. No story details have been released, since the logline is being kept under wraps, according to Deadline.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce for their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Ruben Fleischer is also producing with his partner David Bernad for The District. Liam Neeson previously collaborated with Bluegrass Films and Universal Pictures on this summer's comedy sequel Ted 2. It isn't known when production may begin on this project.
Liam Neeson has been busier than ever over the past few years, after the 2009 surprise hit Taken turned him into a bona fide action movie icon, although he still finds plenty of time for comedy projects. »
The storyline is being kept under wraps but "Reno 911" creators and "Night at the Museum" franchise scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to are set to pen the script. This insinuates Neeson may well be satirising a genre he has become synonymous with in recent years.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The logline is being kept under wraps.
Neeson most recently starred in “Taken 3” and Warner Bros.’ “Run All Night” and can next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and Focus’ “A Monster Calls.” He is repped by CAA and attorney Mark Stankevich.
Lennon and Garant have written films in the “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Hell Baby,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “The Pacifier,” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” They are repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Universal Pictures keeps lining them up. The studio has acquired the action comedy pitch The Revenger, with the Night At The Museum scripting team Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant writing for Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer to direct and Liam Neeson to star. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films shingle, along with Fleischer and his producing partner David Bernad through The District. The logline is being kept… »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired Reunion, a pitch by writer Randall Green that will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark through their Bluegrass Films banner. The project is an R-rated comedy, and they are keeping the specifics under wraps. Green is currently writing the live action Scooby-Doo reboot at Warner Bros, and he landed two scripts on the Black List in the past year, Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. Bluegrass exec Alexa Faigen brought the pitch… »
Variety is reporting that director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) is in final talks to helm CBS Films’ film about the Boston Marathon bombing entitled Patriots Day, with Mark Wahlberg (Ted 2) rumoured to be joining him.
The film, one of three separate projects about the tragic events in April 2013 in pre-production, is being produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark under their Bluegrass Films company alongside Wahlberg. And with Wahlberg attached as producer, he has now had his name linked to the film, which would be his fourth collaboration with Berg after Lone Survivor and upcoming Mile 22 and Deepwater Horizon.
This film will focus on the story of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, the role which Wahlberg is linked. Matt Charman, who had written Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Bridge of Spies, is penning the screenplay.
- Scott J. Davis
“Patriots’ Day” is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis. Wahlberg is circling the role of Davis but no deal is yet in place as the actor may have prior scheduling commitments.
The film is the first collaboration between “60 Minutes” and CBS Films. Radutzky is a “60 Minutes” senior producer who leads the broadcast’s creative development unit, 60 Minutes Productions.
CBS Films has secured Davis’ life rights and the movie will utilize other details surrounding the events of the April 15, 2013 attack based on the “60 Minutes” story in which Davis appeared.
Over the course of his career, Berg »
- Justin Kroll
The project is one of three Boston Marathon bombing films currently in development alongside "Stronger" and an untitled one at Fox.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Amy Poehler is toplining this winter’s comedy Sisters alongside celebrity gal pal and fellow comedian Tina Fey, but the Parks and Recreation alum isn’t waiting on the box office numbers of that vehicle to start setting up more comedy projects. Sticking with Universal, which is distributing Sisters, Poehler has set up basketball comedy Balls, in which she’ll star as a “once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team.”
Poehler is pulling double duty on the pic as well, producing through her Paper Kite Productions. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are on board producing through Bluegrass Films, while Paper Kite’s Brooke Posch, Barinholtz and Stassen will executive produce.
The timing for Balls seems opportune, seeing as the »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Amy Poehler will star and produce an untitled sports comedy pic from Universal Pictures written by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The deal is being set up through Poehler’s Universal-based Paper Kite Productions and Scott Stuber are Dylan Clark are producing through their Bluegrass Films. Details are few but we’re hearing that Poehler will play a once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team under the gaze of a reluctant organization and the pressure… »
The film is quite timely after the San Antonio Spurs made history by tapping former Wnba star Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon was named head coach of the Spurs Summer League team made up of first- and second-year players and led them to a Summer League title.
- Justin Kroll
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