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Kevin Hart is setting the record right now for most projects per square inch. There is [takes a deep breath]: his Romany Malco–starring ABC pilot; Think Like a Man Too; Ride Along 2; Ballers with Lebron James; Get Hard with Will Ferrell; The Wedding Ringer with Josh Gad; Nick Cannon's School Dance; a buddy-cop movie with Seth Rogen; Real Husbands of Hollywood; and an eventual new stand-up special. Now Variety reports he has signed on to co-star with Jamie Foxx in Black Phantom. Directed by Hart's frequent collaborator Tim Story, the movie tells the story of a double-crossed hit man who teams up with the Black Phantom, the hit man who was originally sent to kill him. Wonder how they'll work short jokes into it — "They should call you a hard-to-hit man, because you're such a small target." »
- Jesse David Fox
Ex-boyfriends of the world, rejoice! With any luck, a 30-year-old misanthropist who lives with his mom will soon be taking Broadway by storm. While several film versions of The Confederacy of Dunces have so far failed to pan out, Variety announced today that playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and director David Esbjornson are keeping the dream of an adaptation alive by taking John Kennedy Toole's comedy classic to the stage, beginning with a series of readings this spring. Maybe he's too far gone into TV and film at this point, but boy, does this have Josh Gad written all over it. »
- Halle Kiefer
Have you ever wondered how a movie is made? How about an Oscar-winning movie like "Frozen?"
Go behind the scenes of the Oscar-winning film to see just what it took to make the movie:
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
Transcripts of all Academy Awards winners’ onstage speeches…
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they »
Disney's Frozen is a great film, and it has had an incredible run at the box office. So far the movie has made over $980 million world wide! The movie is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in a few weeks, and you can bet it's going to be packed full of awesome special features for the fans.
One of those has been released online, and it's an incredibly entertaining behind the scenes video featuring Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and Kristen Bell (Anna) dancing around Disney Animation Studios and singing a song about the making of Frozen. The song was written by the film’s award-winning team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. If you liked the movie, then you'll enjoy this musical featurette.
- Joey Paur
The first casting announcements for Chris Columbus’ next project Pixels have been announced today with actors Josh Gad and Kevin James in early talks to star. The story is centred on 4 champion arcade gamers tasked with saving the world when aliens attack using 80′s video games as their weapons; easily the best movie synopsis we’ve read in a while.
Not too much is known about Pixels just yet, other than it is aiming for a 2016 release and the screenplay is being penned by Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups 2) and is based on a short by Patrick Jean. There’s rumours circulating that Adam Sandler may also play one of the gamers but officially his involvement is currently on the production side only.
Gad, as adorable snowman Olaf, might just have been our favourite thing about Disney’s gargantuan hit Frozen where he got to »
- Victoria Bull
Briefly: After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Focus Features has slated Zach Braff's sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here to hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 18th, and will expand to other theaters on August 1st. That means the film will arrive nearly 10 years exactly after Garden State arrived. Kickstarter supporters will get advanced screenings in their local markets as well. Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon also star in the film, which I wasn't all that impressed by at Sundance, but fans can judge for themselves. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director-star Zach Braff gave his Kickstarter donors the breaking news on the release date of his Sundance film "Wish I Was Here." Peter Schlessel's new management team at Focus Features scooped up the relationship comedy starring Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad and Mandy Patinkin after its January 18 Sundance premiere. They will open the comedy this summer on July 18, 2014, exclusive in NY and La. “Wish I Was Here” will then expand on July 25th and again on August 1st. Backers who pledged for advance screenings rewards will be invited to attend early previews in their local markets. Braff controversially Kickstarted his follow-up to "Garden State," crowd-funding more than $3 million for "Wish I Was Here." Here's our Sundance review roundup. »
- Anne Thompson
A couple of release dates have been announced. First up, Zach Braff’s long-awaited Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here will open in limited release this summer on July 18th, after which it will be expanding into 20 cities on July 25th and even more cities on August 1st. Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). I caught the film at its Sundance debut and was rather disappointed. While it’s quite funny and features some really solid and interesting moments, it also has a fair share of scenes that simply do not work and stop the film cold. That said, Kate Hudson turns in her best performance since Almost Famous as Braff’s supportive wife. Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Joey King also star. »
- Adam Chitwood
Focus bought the U.S. rights to the Kickstarter-funded dramedy in January following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered mixed responses.
The acquisition is a significant deal for Focus, the first major transaction since parent Universal decided to move the company toward a more commercial approach. The Focus deal was made for $2.7 million, with an initial theatrical commitment of 500 locations or more.
“Wish I Was Here” marks the first pic toplining a major star to be funded by Kickstarter.
The film, which is Braff’s follow-up to “Garden State,” centers on a thirty-something man (played by Braff) struggling to reconcile his failed life aspirations. Pic co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Mandy Patinkin and Joey King. »
- Dave McNary
Focus Features will release Zach Braff’s new movie “Wish I Was Here” on July 18, in New York and Los Angeles, before expanding it to other markets, the distributor said Thursday. Focus acquired the rights to the movie after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where the response was positive (though not universally so). Braff, who co-wrote and directed “Here,”, stars as a dad struggling with his failed acting career, limited finances and an ailing father. Kate Hudson plays his wife and Mandy Patinkin his father while, Josh Gad plays his embittered brother. Braff raised money to fund production using Kickstarter, »
- Lucas Shaw
Take a break from watching all those adorable "Let It Go" covers and check out Frozen's newest number. The stars of the Disney movie are back to answer an important question: "How did we make Frozen?" Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff - the celebrity voices behind the film - are here to serve as our crooning guides to the movie-making process. The trio begin at Disney's animation studios, where every animator is an equally skilled dancer, and boogie through the various stages of Frozen's development. The growing group of Frozen enthusiasts ultimately end up in a theater, »
- Kelli Bender
The voice cast behind Disney’s latest award-winning venture, Frozen, have treated us with a very special song and dance number. In the film, Kristen Bell’s Anna teams up with Jonathan Groff’s Kristoff to find Anna’s sister, encountering a wisecracking snowman, Josh Gad’s Olaf. Oh, and there’s that whole frozen kingdom thing they have to deal with, too. In this video, the actors appear in the flesh for an over-the-top performance, singing about the making of Frozen. The film is one of Disney’s most successful musical movies, aiding the characters’ journey with a whirlwind of memorable songs. Husband-and-wife songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed the music for Frozen, and the duo have returned...
- Alison Nastasi
Adam Sandler has been cast in the Chris Columbus directed film Pixels, and Josh Gad (Frozen) and Kevin James (Grown Ups) are also in talks to join the production. Jennifer Aniston is also wanted for the female lead, but scheduling conflicts may keep her from doing it.
Pixels was a short film that blew up online back in 2010 and Sony quickly snatched up the rights to it, so they could develop it into a feature film. The short depicted several classic 1980s video game characters attacking New York City.
It was previously reported that the studio was looking to turn the movie into a "Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world." There's no word on who the actors will be playing in the story, but it's sure to be a fun flick!
The director of the short, Patrick Jean, »
- Joey Paur
It was announced a while back that Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison had acquired the rights to make a feature film version of the internet short Pixels, which depicted popular 1980′s video game characters attacking New York City. Already announced as a producer, it’s now been revealed that Sandler will also star in the film along with Kevin […]
- Andrew Shuster
In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one—he might eve work with some pals he's worked with before. The long developing "Pixels" is starting to boot up, with Sandler and regular co-star Kevin James signing up to star, along with Josh Gad (a newcomer to the Sandler clan). Jennifer Aniston is also being sought for a part, though it will depend on her scheduling. Based on Patrick Jean's celebrated short film, with a script by Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, the "Ghostbusters"-esque project will center on "video game experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat" of classic 1980s video game characters invading New York City. Get your quarters ready. [The Wrap] "The Artist" star Berenice Bejo will star with Laurent Lafitte, Gregory Gadebois and Sergio Castellitto in the psychological thriller “After The Storm. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Focus Features has set a limited July 18, 2014 release for Zach Braff's second directorial feature, Wish I Was Here . Although the film will only hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on that date, an expansion is already planned for August 1. Wish I Was Here is arriving almost exactly a decade after his debut feature, Garden State . The new film is a comedy telling the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. In addition to Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon star. Originally launched as a Kickstarter campaign, Wish I Was Here will offer advance screenings to backers in their local markets. »
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in the long-gestating "Pixels" film at Sony Pictures. The feature is based on Patrick Jean's short film in which New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. [Source: THR]
Vince Vaughn plays a criminal with a contract put out on his life, causing him to get a life insurance policy for his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). It takes three weeks for the policy to go into effect, so the pair must keep the father alive for three weeks. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
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