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16 items from 2009


How Does Jim Carrey Playing Multiple Roles in 'A Christmas Carol' Benefit the Film?

26 October 2009 1:22 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The idea of one actor playing multiple characters in a film isn't a new one even though many people begin and end the conversation with Eddie Murphy for his performances in films such as Nutty Professor and Norbit all while forgetting the comedy he brought us in Coming to America.

Before Murphy we had the likes of Mel Brooks in History of the World and Spaceballs, Alec Guiness in the fantastic Kind Hearts and Coronets and Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove. Outside of Murphy it seems only Mike Myers has endured the same kind of ill treatment, primarily for taking the joke to the point it wasn't funny any longer (debatable) in the Austin Powers films and then dropping the bomb that was The Love Guru.

Looking at the performances listed above I am reminded of some classic films as well as a couple that missed the mark, but we »

- Brad Brevet

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The Good, The Bad And The Wtf: Let's Exploit Dead People

25 October 2009 6:24 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Welcome to an oversized edition of "The Good, The Bad and the Wtf," to make up for last week's absence. This time, we take a look at X-Men updates, a Turtles buyout, David Spade's shamelessness, a Michael Jackson controversy and how Denzel Washington is allegedly the worst person on Earth.

The Good

• Talking to Empire mag, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner updates fans on the status of future X-Men projects. Good news for those of you who were pissed off by Wolverine's treatment of Deadpool, because this is what Donner said about the proposed Deadpool movie:

I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane.

Cue collective sighs of relief.

• Here's the first official photo of the new A-Team. I'm not holding my breath for this one, »

- Arya Ponto

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Ann Peacock Adapting Eoin Colfer's 'Airman'

23 October 2009 12:29 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Emmy winning screenwriter Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) will pen the big screen adaptation of 'Airman', a novel from bestselling Irish author Eoin Colfer. With an estimated worth of $150million, the motion-capture project is backed by Disney and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers, the movie is to be directed by Gil Kenan (City of Ember, Monster House) and will be produced by Jack Rapke (Beowolf), Steve Starkey (Matchstick Men) and Robert Zemeckis (Gothika). »

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Disney soars with 'Airman'

20 October 2009 11:12 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ann Peacock will write the adaptation of the novel "Airman" for Disney and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers.According to Variety, Gil Kenan is directing and Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing the $150 million motion-capture fantasy adventure through their ImageMovers production company.Based on a book by Eoin Colfer, the story focuses on Conor, a boy who lives on an island off the coast of Ireland, where his father is the king's bodyguard. When the king is murdered, Conor is blamed for the crime and thrown into prison where he passes the time designing a one-man, gas-propelled airplane that he will use to save his family.Peacock is best known for writing the adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the »

- Adnan Tezer

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Balloon Boy Has Nothing To Do With Robert Zemeckis' Next Performance-Capture Project

20 October 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

This may not be the best time to be developing a movie about a young boy and a flying contraption, but I guess the adaptation of Eoin Colfer's "Airman" won't be arriving in theaters for awhile. The movie, which Variety reveals Robert Zemeckis is producing as his latest entry into the performance capture animation trend, will be directed by Gil Kenan ("City of Ember") and scripted by Ann Peacock, who previously adapted "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Set in the 19th century off the coast of Ireland, "Airman" tells of a flight-obsessed boy wrongly sent to prison for allegedly killing his king. Not only does he escape from his jail by building a flying machine, he also constructs gliders that help him rescue a princess, save his family and otherwise act the hero as a swashbuckling pilot of homemade air transports. He even »

- Christopher Campbell

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City of Ember Director to Adapt Airman with Producer Robert Zemeckis

20 October 2009 8:06 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

ImageMovers, the Robert Zemeckis motion-capture animation studio behind Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, has a new project. Ann Peacock, who wrote the adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is penning an adaptation of the Eoin Colfer novel Airman, which sounds a bit like a combination of The Rocketeer and the mid-period movies by Miyazaki. Could this be the mo-cap project to convince non-believers like myself? Variety reports that Gil Kenan, who last helmed City of Ember, is directing. I loved the production design and some of the world-building in City of Ember, but thought it was full of contrivances and uninteresting characters. So that could be a problem. The trade reports that the story is about Connor, "a boy who lives on an island off the coast of Ireland, where his father is the king's bodyguard. When the king is murdered, Conor is blamed for the crime »

- Russ Fischer

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Peacock To Pen $150M Airman

20 October 2009 4:24 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Ann Peacock has signed on with Disney and Robert Zemeckis' Imagemovers to pen an adaptation of the novel Airman. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce the $150M motion-capture film.

Motion-capture, the process of recording and translating movement onto a digital model, is a technique that Zemeckis has grown very fond of, using the it extensively on The Polar Express, Beowulf and the upcoming A Christmas Carol, where Jim Carrey will be digitally transformed into four different characters.

Airman will be directed by Gil Kenan. It is based on a fantasy adventure storybook by Eoin Colfer, following a boy called Connor, the son of the king's bodyguard who lives on an island of the cost of Ireland. One day when the King is murdered, Connor is blamed and thrown into prison where he spends his time in solitude designing magnificent flying machines that will one day save his family. »

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Screenwriter Hired For Kenan's Airman

20 October 2009 12:48 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Monster House director Gil Kenan and performance-capture supremo Robert Zemeckis are already teaming up to adapt Eoin Colfer's book Airman for the screen - and now they have a screenwriter to help out.Ann Peacock (of whom we can't find a pic, so we've gone with Kenan here), who adapted The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as well as Warners' planned adaptation of The Odyssey, will turn the adventure into a film. It's all about Conor, a 14 year-old boy and the son of a King's bodyguard on the island of Great Saltee, who is framed for the King's murder and thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain. Conor must escape back to his family (and the princess he fancies) by building a flying machine to escape the prison. Cue swashbuckling!There's no word yet on when we can expect to see this, but »

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Zemeckis Continues Motion Capture Obsession with 'Airman'

20 October 2009 12:47 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

At least Robert Zemeckis will leave the directing to Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember) this time, as Variety reports that ImageMovers and Disney will be producing a $150 million motion capture adaptation of Airman, an action-adventure book by Eoin Colfer. The story centers on Connor, a boy who lives on an island off the coast of Ireland, where his father has the honorable job of protecting the King. But when the King is murdered, Connor is blamed for the crime and thrown into prison where he designs a flying machine that uses to escape. Oh, how I wish all prisoners did that while passing the time during their long sentences. This continues Zemeckis' undying interest and dedication to motion capture films after adapting three other stories (The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol most recently) into the computer animated world. And while I respect and in some ways »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gil Kenan directing Airman

20 October 2009 12:39 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Robert Zemeckis just can't stop finding books to turn into motion capture films - his latest project is having Gil Kenan turn Eoin Colfer's Airman into a film. Colfer's story follows Connor, a lad living on an island off the coast of Ireland, where is father makes a living protecting the king. But then the ruler is murdered, Connor is blamed and he's thrown into prison. He spends his time alone designing a flying machine he can use to escape and save his family. Zemeckis is producing the film and Kenan - who worked on Monster House...

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- James White

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Airman flying at Disney

20 October 2009 12:11 AM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

The Airman cometh for Walt Disney Pictures.

The studio has partnered with Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers to make a movie out of Airman, a fantasy adventure with a young boy protagonist as its central character. Written by Eoin Colfer (who also created the Artemis Fowl series and also penned And Another Thing, the just published novel in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series), Airman is set in a slightly steampunk-ish 19th century Ireland and is about a young teenage boy named Conor who is accused of killing the king. Sentenced and locked in a remote prison, Conor devises an idea to escape and clear his name by building a fantastical flying machine.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) is set to direct and film the movie using motion capture animation. The studio is budgeting $150 million dollars for the film and has hired Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the »

- Patrick Sauriol

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'Narnia's' Ann Peacock to Pen 'Airman'

19 October 2009 9:30 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Screenwriter Ann Peacock — who penned The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe — has been tapped to write the script for Airman on behalf of Disney and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers.

According to Variety, Gil Kenan is directing and Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing the $150M motion-capture fantasy adventure through their ImageMovers.

Based on the book by Eoin Colfer, the swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration.

After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government. »

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Narnia 's Peacock Penning $150 Million Airman

19 October 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Screenwriter Ann Peacock ( The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ) will pen Airman for Disney and Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers, reports Variety . Gil Kenan is directing and Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing the $150 million motion-capture fantasy adventure through their ImageMovers. Based on the book by Eoin Colfer, the swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration. After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government. »

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'Stoneheart' beats at ImageMovers, Dis

23 March 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ImageMovers and Disney are in negotiations to pick up film rights to "The Stoneheart Trilogy," a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher. ImageMovers' Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce.

The books revolve around a 12-year-old London boy who enters a hidden alternate world where statues, imbued with the soullike essence of their makers, come to life. The boy's presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and while dealing with such creatures as sphinxes and gargoyles, he teams with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.

The third "Stoneheart" book, "Silvertongue," is due in stores next month.

ImageMovers is set to go into production on "Mars Needs Moms," an adaptation of a Berkeley Breathed children's novel being directed by Simon Wells. It also is developing an adaptation of Eoin Colfer's adventure book "Airman »

- By Borys Kit

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Review: 'City of Ember'

31 January 2009 7:59 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Other than the Narnia movies, and more recently Inkheart, there really haven’t been many good fantasy films aimed at families. That’s why 20th Century-Fox’s City of Ember proved to be such a major disappointment.

The film opened last fall after an extensive marketing campaign aimed not at the families but at the fans who might have kids. The mainstream marketing was lackluster and may have resulted in the film earning just under $8 million at the box office and vanishing without a trace.  Which also goes to explain the plain vanilla DVD release, now on sale.

Based on the book series by Jeanne Duprau, the film quickly introduces us to the concept of the underground city of Ember, constructed and populated in the case of global calamity. The elders who conceived of this audacious plan prepared a container with instructions on how to exit the city and set »

- Robert Greenberger

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DVD Round Up, Jan. 27, 2009: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘College,’ ‘City of Ember’

27 January 2009 7:19 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We apologize to the people behind these four titles but the star power is a little dim in this edition of HollywoodChicago.com’s DVD Round Up. When a canceled vampire series is arguably the biggest release in a four-pack of titles, it’s a weird edition of the Round Up. Prepare yourself.

Amusement,” “City of Ember,” “College,” and “Moonlight”. A straight-to-dvd horror movie, a TV series cancelled after one year, and two movies that barely opened in theaters and made a Combined $13 million in domestic gross. These titles are for specialized audiences but that’s why we love the Round Up. Enjoy.

Amusement,” “City of Ember,” and “Moonlight: The Complete Series” were released on January 20th, 2009. “College” was released on January 27th, 2009.

Amusement

Photo credit: Warner Brothers “Amusement” is one of those movies that you pass at the video store and wonder, “What the heck is that? »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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