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Mark Wahlberg to Star in Cop Comedy ‘Partners’

Mark Wahlberg to Star in Cop Comedy ‘Partners’
Mark Wahlberg will star as a Los Angeles Police Department detective in New Line’s action-comedy “Partners.”

Leverage Entertainment’s Stephen Levinson will produce. The script, written by Evan Turner, centers on a detective becoming romantically involved with a woman after a one-night stand, then discovering that she’s an FBI agent in charge of a high-profile case to which he’s been assigned.

New Line’s Richard Brener, Sam Brown and Michael Disco are overseeing for the studio, which is seeking a director and lead actress.

Wahlberg starred as a detective with Will Ferrell in Warner’s 2010 comedy “The Other Guys.” He was last seen in “Ted 2” and will appear with Ferrell in Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home,” which opens on Christmas. He’s been shooting Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” with Peter Berg directing.

Wahlberg is repped by Wme, Leverage Management and Sloane Offer. Turner is repped by Wme and Underground.
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‘San Andreas’ Helmer Reteams with Dwayne Johnson on ‘Rampage’

‘San Andreas’ Helmer Reteams with Dwayne Johnson on ‘Rampage’
Brad Peyton has come on to direct New Line’s adaptation of the classic video game “Rampage,” starring Dwayne Johnson.

Beau Flynn, who also produced “San Andreas” with Peyton and Johnson, is on board to produce.

Ryan Engle is penning the script, with plot details being kept under wraps. In the video game, players were tasked with stopping a giant gorilla, a lizard and a wolf as they wreak havoc across America.

Flynn will produce via his FlynnPictureCo. banner. John Rickard will also produce via his Rickard Pictures. Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown will oversee for New Line.

Production is likely to start sometime in the summer of 2016 as Johnson’s schedule is filled until the next spring. Johnson is currently filming the action comedy “Central Intelligence” alongside Kevin Hart; New Line will release that film next summer.

San Andreas” was a huge hit for New Line, bringing
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Ice Cube, Charlie Day’s Comedy ‘Fist Fight’ Finds Director

Ice Cube, Charlie Day’s Comedy ‘Fist Fight’ Finds Director
New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight,” starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, has gained momentum with TV director Richie Keen in talks to helm the movie.

New Line set up “Fist Fight” in late 2013 with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen producing with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield. The script, written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, centers on a pair of high school teachers. Cube’s character challenges another instructor, played by Day, to a fight after suspecting his colleague is trying to get him fired.

New Line is aiming to go into production in September. Sam Brown and Dave Neustadter are the studio’s execs on the project.

Keen’s credits include Showtime’s “Shameless” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” which stars Day. He’s repped by CAA and Lonestar Entertainment.

Cube is producing and starring in MGM’s “Barbershop 3,” due out in February.
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Dwayne Johnson, ‘San Andreas’ Producer to Reteam on ‘Rampage’ for New Line

Dwayne Johnson, ‘San Andreas’ Producer to Reteam on ‘Rampage’ for New Line
With “San Andreas” having passed the $400 million worldwide box office milestone this past weekend, it was only a matter of time before the team behind it found another project to tackle.

Dwayne Johnson is set to star and Beau Flynn is on board to produce the action pic “Rampage,” based on the 1980s Midway video game.

Ryan Engle is penning the script, with plot details being kept under wraps. In the video game, players were tasked with stopping a giant gorilla, a lizard and a wolf as they wreak havoc across America.

Flynn will produce via his FlynnPictureCo. banner. John Rickard will also produce via his Rickard Pictures. Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown will oversee for New Line.

Production is likely to start sometime in the summer of 2016 as Johnson’s schedule is filled until the next spring. Johnson is currently filming the action comedy “Central Intelligence” alongside
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Jason Mantzoukas Joins Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in ‘The House’ (Exclusive)

Jason Mantzoukas Joins Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in ‘The House’ (Exclusive)
Jason Mantzoukas is in negotiations to join Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the New Line comedy “The House.”

Andrew J. Cohen is making his directorial debut with “The House” from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien.

Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife (Poehler) blow their daughter’s college fund.

Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce the comedy through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, along with Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe and O’Brien. Chris Henchy, Spencer Wong and Jessica Elbaum are exec producing. New Line’s Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown are overseeing “The House.”

Mantzoukas is popular among New Line execs, having most recently worked on the comedy “How to Be Single,” and the studio sees this as perfect opportunity to team him with
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Amy Poehler to Co-Star With Will Ferrell in New Line’s ‘The House’

Amy Poehler to Co-Star With Will Ferrell in New Line’s ‘The House’
Amy Poehler is in negotiations to star opposite Will Ferrell in New Line comedy “The House.” The film would mark the first time the two have worked together since they faced off as rival ice skaters in the comedy “Blades of Glory.”

Andrew J. Cohen is making his directorial debut on “The House” from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien.

Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund. Poehler will play his wife.

Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce the comedy through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner along with Good Universe and O’Brien. Chris Henchy and Jessica Elbaum are exec producing. New Line’s Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown are overseeing “The House.”

Poehler stars next in Pixar’s “Inside Out” and will appear
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Method Man Joins Key and Peele Comedy ‘Keanu’ (Exclusive)

Method Man Joins Key and Peele Comedy ‘Keanu’ (Exclusive)
Method Man is in negotiations to join Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in the New Line Comedy “Keanu.”

Peter Atencio is directing the pic with Key and Peele producing, along with Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak.

The story follows a group of friends posing as drug dealers in order to retrieve a stolen feline. Michael Disco and Sam Brown are overseeing the project for New Line.

Peele penned the script along with Alex Rubens.

Method Man has a handful of films set to bow in the next year, including “The Cobbler,” starring Adam Sandler, and Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck.”

He is repped by CAA and Smart Girl Productions.
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New Line Lands Time Travel Pitch From ‘Non-Stop’ Scribe (Exclusive)

New Line Lands Time Travel Pitch From ‘Non-Stop’ Scribe (Exclusive)
New Line has bought a pitch for a time-travel film from “Non-Stop” scribe Ryan Engle, Variety has learned exclusively.

Engle will write the script, which is said to be a fresh take on a time-travel story. John Rickard will produce under his Rickard Pictures. Plot details are currently under wraps.

Sam Brown and Michael Disco will oversee for New Line.

New Line is a big fan of Engle’s, as he is also writing “Rampage” for the studio. He is also developing an untitled thriller for Universal. He is repped by Original Artists, Mosaic and Coldin McKuin Frankel.
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Will Ferrell to Star in Comedy ‘The House’ for New Line

Will Ferrell to Star in Comedy ‘The House’ for New Line
Will Ferrell will star in and produce New Line’s comedy “The House” with “Neighbors” writer Andrew J. Cohen making his directorial debut.

New Line won an auction for the script, written by Cohen and “Neighors” co-writer Brendan O’Brien.

Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund.

Cohen previously directed short films and “Funny or Die” sketches.

Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner along with Good Universe. Chris Henchy and Jessica Elbaum are exec producing.

New Line’s Richard Brener, Michael Disco and Sam Brown are overseeing “The House.”

Ferrell will next be seen with Kevin Hart in “Get Hard,” due from Warner Bros. on March 27.

Cohen and O’Brien wrote the script for “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron and Adam DeVine.
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Joe Swanberg to Make Studio Directorial Debut With New Line’s ‘Work Wife’ (Exclusive)

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Joe Swanberg to Make Studio Directorial Debut With New Line’s ‘Work Wife’ (Exclusive)
Having conquered the indie film world over the past decade, Joe Swanberg is making the leap to studio fare, as he has signed on to direct the romantic comedy “Work Wife” for New Line, TheWrap has learned. Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins wrote the script, which follows a pair of thirty-something lawyers who attempt to find out if they really can date a co-worker. Also Read: ‘Digging for Fire’s’ Joe Swanberg, Jake Johnson Reveal Movie’s Inspiration, Play ‘Wrapid Fire’ (Video) New Line executives Sam Brown, Dave Neustadter and Richard Brener will oversee the project for the studio. Swanberg
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X Factor 2014 finalist: Andrea Faustini

Name: Andrea Faustini

Age: 20

Job: Student

From: Rome, Italy

Category - Mentor: Boys - Mel B

Fast fact: Andrea is a massive Spice Girls fan. And he likes pugs.

What he said: [If he won] "I would buy a car, maybe. I'm not very good at driving so just a small one, to start with."

Performances

Room Audition: 'Who's Lovin' You' by The Miracles/Jackson 5

Cheryl: "I'm lovin' you! Seriously, that was unbelievable. Your little Spice Girls doll, I'm like, 'okay'. Then you sung and I was like, 'Oh my god'. You know what, biggest example why to not judge a book by its cover. That told me."

Arena Audition: 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding

Louis: "It's moments like this and somebody like you that makes this job worthwhile. I loved every single note of that, and you've got so much soul."

Cheryl: "You sang with every bit of passion,
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Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to La

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Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to La
Hollywood — It was an emotional evening at the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday night as "Still Alice" finally came "home." Co-directors and husbands Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are longtime Los Angelinos and the latter remarked how both men had spent many nights watching films in this same venue, which is the Hollywood home of the American Cinematheque. More importantly, this AFI Fest screening afforded Glatzer, who is in advance stages of Als, to finally see the movie on the big screen with an audience. He missed the amazing reception at the Toronto Film Festival. He missed the Rome Film Festival. He missed the Hamptons Film Festival. He was not going to miss seeing "Still Alice" in his hometown. Based on Lisa Genova's bestselling novel, "Alice" chronicles the heartbreaking progression of early on set Alzheimer's disease for Dr. Alice Howard (Julianne Moore), a 50-year-old accomplished Columbia University professor and mother of three grown children.
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Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Enlist in ‘Central Intelligence’ For New Line (Exclusive)

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Enlist in ‘Central Intelligence’ For New Line (Exclusive)
Following the success of Sony’s “Jump Street” franchise, New Line plans to investigate its own buddy action-comedy, enlisting two of Hollywood’s hottest stars: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Sources confirm to Variety the duo will star in “Central Intelligence,” with “We’re the Millers” filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber directing the movie.

Scott Stuber will produce through his Bluegrass Films banner, along with Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato-Young Entertainment. “The Hangover” star Ed Helms is exec producing.

The story begins with a class reunion approaching, as a former high school sports star turned accountant (Hart) is contacted by a classmate (Johnson) who was bullied and humiliated back in the day. The “loser” that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.

The original “Central Intelligence” writers are ‎Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen, with
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Ad break: George Clooney and Matt Damon for Nespresso, Lexus, M&S

Watch the Hollywood heavyweights in a coffee advert, drones in motion for the car brand and the retailer's festive fantasy

Nespresso: 'Clooney & Damon' (starts at 00:06) - UK

George Clooney has been trading on his famed irresistibility for Nespresso for a few years now. In the latest commercial, his celebrity is once again exploited by a young woman looking to be alone with her coffee – but this time he has a plan to turn the situation on its head by drawing the female mob's attention to the presence of fellow heart-throb Matt Damon. What could possibly go wrong?

Agency: McCann Erickson

Director: Grant Heslov

Lego: 'Dad's Campaign' (starts at 01:12) - UK

This arresting spot for Lego is the latest in a sequence of recent ads that's offered a very positive verdict of fatherhood. Dads are often portrayed as incompetent buffoons by the advertising industry so it's refreshing to see
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Shelley Smith leaves 'X Factor'

Shelley Smith was voted off 'The X Factor' tonight (20.10.13). The 34-year-old van driver, who survived a sing-off against Lorna Simpson last week, became the second act to leave this year's series after landing in the bottom two against Kingsland Road. Shelley performed 'Stop' by Sam Brown, while the boyband performed 'Try' by Pink in a bid to stay in the competition. Shelley's mentor, Sharon Osbourne, begged Louis Walsh to save her act after Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger opted to save Kingsland Road, who were placed in the bottom two after a 'Flash Vote' on Saturday night (19.10.13), but the Irish judge
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'X Factor': Shelley Smith eliminated as Katy Perry, Robin Thicke perform

The X Factor has eliminated its second finalist of the series.

Shelley Smith became the latest act to exit the show following a sing-off with Kingsland Road. The result means that Sharon Osbourne has only one finalist remaining in her Overs category.

Kingsland Road became the series' latest 'Flash Vote' nominee during Saturday's (October 19) 'Love and Heartache'-themed show.

Osbourne opted to send Kingsland Road home, while Gary Barlow chose to protect his own act by sending home Smith. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger admitted that she had to support the boyband as it was their first time in the sing-off.

The decision rested with Louis Walsh who after deliberation - and pleas from Osbourne to save her act - chose to send home the Overs singer.

The judges praised both acts for their sing-off performances. Kingsland Road performed a rendition of Pink's 'Try', while Smith took on Sam Brown's 'Stop'.
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Kelly Brook lands Trollied cameo

Shelley Smith was voted off 'The X Factor' tonight (20.10.13). The 34-year-old van driver, who survived a sing-off against Lorna Simpson last week, became the second act to leave this year's series after landing in the bottom two against Kingsland Road. Shelley performed 'Stop' by Sam Brown, while the boyband performed 'Try' by Pink in a bid to stay in the competition. Shelley's mentor, Sharon Osbourne, begged Louis Walsh to save her act after Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger opted to save Kingsland Road, who were placed in the bottom two after a 'Flash Vote' on Saturday night (19.10.13), but the Irish judge
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Dan Trachtenberg To Direct Y: The Last Man

Dan Trachtenberg is a relative unknown, as his resume reads; directed commercials for big brands like Nike and Coke, collaborated on a Hellboy II: The Golden Army alternate reality game, and directed the internet show "Ctrl+Alt+Chicken." But wait, there's more. In August of 2011, Trachtenberg created a short film, Portal: No Escape, based on the popular, Portal, video game. The reception for the short, was incredible, the video had over six million hits in the first two months on YouTube. Y The Last Man is the dystopian science fiction comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra published by Vertigo beginning in 2002. It focuses on only man to survive the apparent simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth. The 60-issue series was repackaged in book form and the series won five Eisner Awards. The film is being produced by Benderspink and David Goyer, with Sam Brown
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Jorma Taccone To Direct Spy Guys, Another New Line Action Comedy

I will assume that you have nothing against the title, so I’ll get straight to the point with this report. Jorma Taccone, cute SNL guy who also starred alongside Kristen Wiig in that MacGruber thing, is now on board to direct another action comedy titled Spy Guys for New Line. Is this going to be a new MacGruber only without Wiig, or what?

I’ll be honest with you – I still have no idea what Taccone plans to do with the whole thing. Apparently, he will try to make some kind of mix between Ocean’s Eleven, True Lies and Mission: Impossible. With one little catch – it’s going to be a funny action.

Here’s what I know so far: story will center on a CIA operative who, while attending a friend’s wedding in Europe, is framed and becomes an enemy of the state. Don’t know about you,
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New Line Buys ‘Spy Guys’ Pitch

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Breaking: New Line has bought Spy Guys, an action comedy pitch to be scripted by Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel. Jorma Taccone will direct and John Rickard will produce through his Rickard Pictures banner along with the Lonely Island Boys. While attending a friend’s wedding in Europe, a CIA operative is framed and becomes an enemy of the state. Now on his own, he’s forced to reveal his true identity to his average Joe buddies to enlist their help. When they aid his escape, they become wanted as accomplices and must go on the run together to clear their names. This is a big fun movie in the along the lines of Ocean’s 11 meets Mission: Impossible, and the hope is that Taccone will attract a hot young ensemble cast. Taccone, who was part of the team responsible for all those SNL Digital Shorts, helmed MacGruber. Rickard has
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