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It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Mark Cuban, NFL All-Pro Rob Gronkowski and the new face of Victoria’s Secret Sara Sampaio have joined the film The Clapper, writer-director Dito Montiel’s comedy that also stars Ed Helms, Tracy Morgan, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Peters and Adam Levine. The story follows Eddie Krumble, a professional clapper for infomercials who gets plucked by a late-night TV host to be on his talk show. The notoriety that his 15 minutes of fame brings ends up costing Krumble his… »
On the weekend came word that Ben Affleck's Dennis Lehane's period crime epic "Live By Night" was being moved up by a whopping nine months - from October 2017 to January 2017. This has already led to rumors of an awards-season qualifying run with the film adopting a limited late December release this year followed by a wide opening in January (ala "American Sniper").
What the film gods giveth, they also taketh away. Word comes today that Niki Caro's WW2 film "The Zookeeper's Wife," starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, has been cut from awards qualification this year as its distributor Focus Features has set a March 31st 2017 release.
There's been some other key release date changes as well this week with the Owen Wilson and Ed Helms comedy "Bastards" being delayed from October to January 27th next year, while "How To Train Your Dragon 3" has been moved up »
- Garth Franklin
Perhaps the blow is a little less hard considering that The Lego Batman Movie is coming in 2017, but today Warner Bros. announced that it is delaying The Lego Movie Sequel by almost an entire year. This news arrives amongst a few other key changes to Warner Bros.' impending slate as they shuffle around some of their more or less anticipated releases. But the follow-up to 2014's The Lego Movie sounds like the most disappointing move for fans.
The Lego Movie 2 was originally set for release on May 18, 2018. There, it had the entire weekend to itself. Though, it would have come two weeks after the release of Marvel's biggest sequel yet Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. And then, in the following week, it would have had to contend with the second Star Wars spinoff Han Solo. What is interesting about this is, Han Solo made a Lego mini-fig cameo in the original Lego Movie, »
The Lego Movie 2 was originally supposed to open May 18th, 2018, but it’s one of four movies to have its release shifted by the company.
- Kieran Fisher
The studio has also moved Ben Affleck’s crime drama “Live by Night” forward nine months to Jan. 13, 2017 — which had been the slot for “Geostorm.” Affleck directed “Live by Night” from his own script, adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film stars Affleck, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning.
Warner Bros. has two other Lego movies coming in 2017 — “Lego Batman” on Feb. 10 and “Ninjago” on Sept. 17. “The Lego Movie 2″ will open on Feb. 8, 2019,” utilizing the same opening weekend that “The Lego Movie” had in 2014.
“The Lego Movie” was a surprise success, opening with a $69 million weekend domestically. »
- Dave McNary
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 17. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Synopsis: “After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. »
- Steve Greene
Jinder Ho (“There,” “Past on Conversation”) will write the film adaptation. Mark Clayman (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) brought the book to Alcon and will produce along with Alcon principals Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Storm’s book, first published in 2000, details his experience in 1985, when he was awaiting emergency surgery and found himself out of his own body, looking down on the hospital room scene below. Rather than going “toward the light,” he found himself being torturously dragged to realms of darkness and death, and then to heaven before being transported back to earth with a new purpose.
Alcon’s upcoming projects include the road-trip comedy “Bastards,” now in post-production starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms; and a sequel to “Blade Runner,” currently in pre-production with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista starring.
Jinder is repped by CAA and Andrew Coles at The Mission.
- Dave McNary
If you've been anywhere near the internet over the last...oh...two years, you've seen the vitriol aimed at Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot. Before anyone knew anything about the plot, saw an official image, or glimpsed even a second of promotional footage, there was already pre-installed hatred for this project. Some of it stemmed from the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters at all, some of it was disappointment over the film erasing the events of the first two films and not being any kind of sequel, and a lot of it had to do with a disdain for the cast.
Thing is, the issue with going after the cast is a peculiar one. All four of the women cast in Ghostbusters are successful actors, and they're lead by Melissa McCarthy- whose films have grossed millions, and have been at the vanguard of a wave of well-received female-driven comedies. So »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman and judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” will be joining the star-studded cast of the indie comedy “The Clapper,” TheWrap has learned. The musician-actor will be playing opposite Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Russell Peters, Ed Helms, Leah Remini, P.J. Byrne and Mickey Gouch, Jr. “The Clapper,” written and directed by Dito Montiel from his own book of the same name, centers on an expert clapper for infomercials who gets noticed by a late-night talk show host. The professional clapper’s appearance on the show ends up costing him his job as well as his relationship. »
- Rasha Ali
Exclusive: With his future in doubt as part of NBC’s The Voice after next season, Adam Levine has no doubt what his next gig will be: The Maroon 5 frontman will moonlight from his duties as judge on top-rated series to appear in comedy feature The Clapper. He will join other Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Leah Remini, Russell Peters, P.J. Byrne and Mickey Gooch Jr. Brenda Vaccaro also just joined the cast. The story is adapted by writer-director's Dito Montiel… »
Plus: Drone adds cast for Myriad; Distribber in grant programme; and more…
The festival will run from June 21-27 and show 327 films including 46 world premieres.
Festival director Helen du Toit said: “After a 31% jump in submissions this year, our programing team, led by the sharp-minded and quick-witted Penelope Bartlett, is exhausted but exhilarated. Our audiences will see a broader international representation of stories than ever before.” For further details click here.
The UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television and Eros International have launched the Eros International Graduate Scholarship Fund – three full-ride graduate scholarships for UCLA Tft’s Master of Fine Arts programmes in directing, producing and screenwriting “to give voice to the unique perspective of Indian women.” Recipients will commence in autumn 2017.Mary McCormack and Joel David Moore »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Of course we're as excited as anyone else about the arrival of summer! Warmer temps mean more time to enjoy the great outdoors. That is, until the thermometer climbs over 30 with the humidex and the kids start to wilt, droop, and worst of all, whine "It's tooooo hot!" Some summer days are just too humid to send the kids outside, especially at midday when the sun is beating down. What to do when there's a heat advisory in effect? Cineplex has your back. Every month there are classic family-friendly features playing on Saturday mornings at 11am. Admission is only $2.99 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards Free the Children. This Saturday, treat the family to an old favourite (and discover a new favourite) on the big screen! Here's our June lineup: June 4: The Lorax Anyone who grew up with the stories of fabled Dr. Seuss will find lots »
- Jenny Bullough
Everything’s coming up Naomi Watts, but the actor isn’t taking on the “Gypsy” role that brought Mama Rose into the limelight; Netflix is snatching up the Broadway title and putting it to new use. The project, which was ordered straight to series, will follow a therapist who develops multiple intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. The dangerous liaisons eventually cross the professional line and jeopardize the strict doctor-patient relationship. Francine Maisler has taken on casting for the 10-episode thriller that currently includes only Watts. Additional casting is expected in the coming months as production sets up in Los Angeles this September. The series is expected to debut and stream on Netflix sometime in early 2017. The illusion of spontaneous live television cheers is about to be shattered in the new film “The Clapper.” The comedy will follow the success of a professional clapper after he is »
The movie follows a professional “infomercial clapper” who gets plucked by a late-night talk show to host his own TV series. The 15 minutes of fame end up costing him his job, as well as a budding relationship with a girl who works at a gas station.
Peters was most recently voiced the character Rocky the Rhino in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.” He is repped by Wme, Paul Canterna, Clayton Peters, and law firm Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim & De La Torre.
- Justin Kroll
UTA obviously doesn't like being on the receiving end of a lawsuit that alleges it caused a dozen former CAA agents who repped top stars including Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and Ed Helms to defect in a "lawless midnight raid." In fact, it smells hypocrisy on the part of its rival, CAA. "Forget the days of Michael Ovitz and 'The Art of War,'" states a filed answer on Tuesday. "CAA has a new company handbook: 'The Art of Whining.'" According to UTA, CAA is complaining of conduct that was "employed and perfected over the last 20 years" by CAA itself: "For
- Eriq Gardner
BoJack Horseman will return to Netflix with its third season on July 22nd 2016 – and that news is straight from the horse’s mouth. Answering a question fans have been asking since the animated comedy series was renewed last year, star Will Arnett used Twitter to release a short clip, informing his followers of the all-important date.
All the drama. All the BoJack. He’s back. pic.twitter.com/2hiHdxpjKt
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) May 25, 2016
BoJack Horseman was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and takes a satirical swipe at celebrity culture, and the machinations of Hollywood. Will Arnett voices the titular character who – in a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans live side-by-side – is the former of star of a popular 1990s sitcom. BoJack seeks to regain cultural relevance by dictating a tell-all biography to ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie), while dealing with a freeloading room-mate (Aaron Paul), a social and professional rival »
- Sarah Myles
Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce animated theatrical motion pictures based on the comic strip Garfield.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement Monday. The company acquired the rights from Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic series and brand who will also serve as an executive producer.
Alcon said its goal is to build a franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films. Alcon has a long-standing output deal through Warner Bros.
Kosove and Johnson said, “Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen.”
The Garfield comic strip debuted in 1978. It follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with owner Jon Arbuckle and fellow pet Odie, a dog.
- Dave McNary
Move over Riggs and Murtaugh; there’s a new power couple in town, and they’re gunning for the buddy cop crown. That’s Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will soon be headlining Rawson Marshall Thurber’s larger-than-life action comedy, Central Intelligence.
As the creative mind behind both Dodgeball and We’re The Millers, moviegoers ought to have a good sense of where Marshall Thurber’s latest venture places on the comedy spectrum, and a new TV spot and clip for Central Intelligence today drive home the point that, yes, this is a movie that revels in the ridiculous.
Placing Dwayne Johnson in the role of chubby-geek-turned-lethal-cia-agent Bob Stone, the upcoming summer comedy plays to each actor’s bankable strengths, particularly when it comes to Kevin Hart channeling the same frenetic energy that fired Ride Along 2 to a relatively healthy box office earlier in the year. »
- Michael Briers
After two decades in the Hollywood trenches together, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are splitting up and dissolving their management-production company BenderSpink, TheWrap has learned. The duo have been considering a split for several months, though it is said to be amicable. Both Bender and Spink intend to start their own management-production companies. It’s unclear whether BenderSpink executives Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner or rising star Scott Stoops will follow either Bender or Spink to their new companies. Also Read: How Ed Helms' 'Vacation' Role Could (Finally) Make Him a Movie Star After meeting at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, »
- Jeff Sneider
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