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Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Bringing Cult Show Manimal To The Big Screen

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Adam McKay and Will Ferrell know how to make unusual situations funny . from reading the news (Anchorman) to Nascar (Talladega Nights). So when we hear that they are tackling the short-lived and completely bizarre NBC drama Manimal for a potential feature, we hardly bat an eye. You didn.t watch Manimal? I can.t say that I blame you. The television program only ran from September 30 to December 17, 1983 . amassing only eight episodes. Can that be right? The description on Wikipedia is so perfect, I just want to share it with you in its entirety. The show centers on the character Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), a shape-shifting man who possessed the ability to turn himself into any animal he chose. He used this ability to help the police solve crimes." Which brings us back to Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Don.t worry. I.ll hurry back to Manimal. It »

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Sam Worthington Aims For Hitman Thriller Hunter's Prayer

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We're about to lose Sam Worthington for a couple of years. Soon, he'll be headed back to Pandora for a set of Avatar sequels, losing himself in James Cameron's fanciful world of cat people and uncaring military types. But first, the guy's gonna cram some real acting roles in there, and one of them is that old standby: the hitman. Sam Worthington will be starring in Hunter's Prayer, according to Screen Daily. Formerly going by the title For The Dogs (yikes, terrible title), this action thriller should sound mighty familiar to anyone fond of scouring the direct-to-dvd bin. Worthington will play an assassin assigned to kill a beautiful young girl. Once he decides he can't go through with it (because he has a penis), the two of them go on the run and learn exactly why she's being targeted and by whom. At $25 million, this is basically the mid-budgeted »

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Edgar Wright Commits To Genre-Mashing Baby Driver As His Next Film

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Edgar Wright is finally rebounding from the Ant-Man fiasco, getting back on the horse and making a new movie. His last, The World's End, was a summer tonic in 2013, but Ant-Man has made fans feel like it's been ages since we've seen a new Wright film. Fortunately, he's resurrecting an old project and reuniting with some old friends. Deadline reports that Edgar Wright is reuniting with Working Title Films for Baby Driver. We heard about this project years ago as something Wright would tackle after completing the Cornetto trilogy that included Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Deadline describes the mystery project as "a collision of crime, action, music and sound" and claims Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are not currently involved, but, come on, they totally will be. For that matter, you can bet your sweet ass Bill Nighy will show up as well. So, »

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Joss Whedon Absolutely Hated The Original Draft For The Avengers

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You know you.ve officially arrived in Hollywood when a biography is being written about you, and if that.s truly the case then Joss Whedon has finally made it. Officially. Joss Whedon: The Biography is set to hit bookstores on August 1st, and among the stories it contains is a detailed account of circumstances that Whedon entered into while working on The Avengers. The interesting part of the whole scenario is reading how harshly Whedon panned the pre-existing Zak Penn draft that was in play before he decided to re-write it. Business Insider tells the story of how the man behind Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer was brought in for consideration by Kevin Feige, only to tell him that he would only direct the film if he could also re-write the film from the ground up. Joss Whedon put it as bluntly as humanly possible: "I don't »

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Zach Galifianakis And Ted Danson Reunite/Feud In Mistaken For Strangers: The Play

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Since the sensational dark sitcom Bored to Death wrapped in 2011, fans have hungered for its stars to reteam. While we're still waiting on a Bored to Death movie, two of the three leads from this celebrated HBO series have reunited for Mistaken For Strangers: The Play. Okay, so it's not a real production. It's a sketch from Funny or Die. But hey, it has Ten Danson fighting with Zach Galifianakis. So, we're happy to have it. (Cheers!) Mistaken For Strangers: The Play is a bizarre bit of viral advertising for a compelling and surprisingly funny documentary called Mistaken For Strangers. As suggested above, the doc follows the popular indie rock band The National on their High Violet tour. But far from your standard concert doc, Mistaken For Strangers doesn't focus on the band's wild successes or the trials and travails of life on the road. Instead, the movie »

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Foxcatcher, Rosewater And Whiplash Lead Early List Of Toronto Film Festival Titles

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Bennett Miller.s Foxcatcher is coming to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. What, you are still here? Starting booking plane tickets and planning your trip, people! One of the most anticipated movies of the remaining cinematic calendar has a screening date. Get going, already! Ok, as expected, Tiff (as Toronto.s summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this year.s robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.) Bennett Miller.s latest has us most excited, as the deliberate dramatist has impressed thoroughly with his exquisite debut features, Capote and Moneyball. The dark and brooding Foxcatcher earned raves in Cannes, where it held its world premiere earlier this year. Expect it to be a red hot ticket in »

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Cameron Crowe's Next Movie Bumped Out Of Christmas To Next Summer

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Writer-director Cameron Crowe's next project may not have a name yet, but The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project is gaining some curious buzz thanks to a big shift in its release date. Coming Soon reports The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project was originally being eyed for a Christmas 2014 release, but that Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have backed out of yuletide timings in favor of a potentially more eye-catching opening in the late spring/early summer of 2015. To that end, The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project will now open on May 29, 2015. Had Cameron's unnamed rom-com hit this December, it would have faced off against stiff competition in the forms of likely award season frontrunners like Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice; flashy epics like Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings or Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies; and family fare like Annie, and Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. »

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Kevin Feige Wants One New Marvel Film And One Marvel Sequel Every Year

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One of the key elements in running a film studio is release date management. If you have a slate of films, you want to capitalize on the momentum of a hit, but you don't want to flood the market with nothing but sequels. And when it comes to Marvel, who exclusively makes superhero films, you don't want to alienate people who want to avoid seeing the same product over and over again. People generally like sequels, but not all of them are popular, and following the same formula over and over again can create a stigma. This is a stigma that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige plans to fully avoid, however. Speaking with IGN recently,, the Marvel Studios head proposed to that the format they have planned for coming their upcoming film slate currently involves one sequel and one new film coming out each year. He says, "[Guardians of the »

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Fight Club 2 To Hit Comic Shelves In May 2015

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Ask any artist and they'll tell you that nothing is ever a "finished product," but their works are instead the most complete version of the product they intended to put into the world. Chuck Palahniuk understands that better than anyone else, and is showing us what happens when old friends once more come to play in the playground that is the creative mind. While it's been on the books for a while now, we've got an exciting update on one of those sequels nobody ever thought would exist: Fight Club 2 USA Today sat down with Mr. Palahniuk as he prepares to attend this year's Comic Con to promote his limited Dark Horse Comics series, set after the ending of Fight Club. More specifically, it takes place a decade after The Narrator and Marla were last seen . holding hands at the assumed collapse of society. Much like art, revolutions never really »

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This Week In Home Entertainment: Transcendence, Heaven Is For Real And More

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Transcendence Blu-ray With numerous high profile actors, a script that made the Blacklist in 2012 and a pretty high budget, Transcendence had all of the makings of a blockbuster success story. In fact, due to director Wally Pfister.s prominent past working on Christopher Nolan.s well-received films, Nolan even signed on to executive produce the story. Unfortunately, the final product doesn.t completely work. It.s more of a letdown than an actual failure, though. It.s a high concept story filled with images meant to inspire wonderment and performances meant to capture a variety of emotions, neither of which fully accomplish the goals. First time director Wally Pfister is a man with a vision. Transcendence shuffles between stark footage of nature and intricate footage of the nanotechnology that makes up the heart of the film. It looks especially crisp on Blu-ray. It.s very full of pretty bells and »

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Alan Moore Wants You To Boycott The Rock's Hercules

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Outspoken comics creator Alan Moore has made headlines over an upcoming movie, which would typically mean he's denouncing said movie. Yup. This time it's Hercules, a film that he personally has nothing to do with. Bleeding Cool reports that Alan Moore isn't decrying an adaptation of his own comic works. This time he's defending the work of long-time friend Steve Moore (no relation) whose Hercules: The Thracian War comics inspired the Bret Ratner-directed movie Hercules, which is due to hit theaters this Friday. Steve Moore passed away earlier this year, and so his dear friend Alan Moore has decided to speak up about how the comic writer was mistreated in the book's adaptation. His request to fans boils down to boycott. Alan Moore explains: "I would also ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film. It »

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Will Luc Besson Make The Professional 2?

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French filmmaker Luc Besson has won fan-adoration for his sexy thriller La Femme Nikita and his sprawling science-fiction adventure The Fifth Element. But it's The Professional (A.K.A. Leon: The Professional) that is generally regarded as his best, most beloved offering. Like so many things fans can't get enough of, there's been speculation about a potential sequel to The Professional for years. But what does Besson say about this possibility? The answer might surprise you. While doing the press rounds for his upcoming female-fronted thriller Lucy, Luc Besson was asked directly by JoBlo about the possibility of a Professional sequel that would center on the Mathilda character originally played by a young Natalie Portman. To this, Besson responded: "Natalie is old now, she's a mother. [Laughs] It's too late. If I got an idea tomorrow about a sequel, of course I would do it. But I never came up »

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Almost Took Place 100 Years Later

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With a second weekend on top of the box office, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is kindly reminding audiences that Caesar and pals aren't going away any time soon. Matt Reeves and his signature brand of storytelling have brought the Planet Of The Apes back into the blockbuster fold, and in a uniquely heartfelt way. Yet we almost didn't get the film that we saw in theaters. In fact, if one of the original screenplay drafts held over into production, we'd have seen apes smoking e-cigarettes and speaking perfect English. You read that correctly. When Yahoo UK interviewed director Matt Reeves and star Andy Serkis, they talked a little about the interim period between Reeves' installment as director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the departure of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Apparently a draft was written during the changing »

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Adam Sandler's Pixels To Feature Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Other Video Game Icons

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Adam Sandler's Pixels heads to the big screen next summer, centering on a group of geeks fighting an army of video game icons as they attack American cities. The film looks like it's going to rely on a major gimmick that's buoyed a lot of other recent films: licensing. Because, for the very first time . and you're not going to believe this . an Adam Sandler movie is going to be filled with corporate logos. How unexpected! Coming Soon brings us the news that Pixels has secured the involvement of several familiar video game characters from games like Frogger, Q*Bert, Galaga, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. The movie will involve aliens who misinterpret the signals from arcade games and employ their avatars to engage upon a siege of the world. Only a team of video game nerds headed by Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and a pretty non-nerd played by »

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Uncharted Movie Finally Filming Next Year

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Uncharted fans finally have something to celebrate as the movie version of the popular video game is at long last going into production early next year. Zap 2 It uncovered the eyed start date for Uncharted when speaking to director Seth Gordon on the 2014 summer TV press tour, on which he's promoting his work on The Goldbergs and Marry Me. He was discussing his crowded schedule, when Gordon confessed that Uncharted will shoot "very early next year. That's the plan." While the film has had a lot of false starts in making its way to production, Gordon is confident that this time it'll take. For one thing, he says the filmmakers have "just got the script to a really good place." Secondly, there's hopes of using the release of the upcoming video game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to cross-promote the movie. It's a bit surprising to hear that Uncharted is »

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Matthew McConaughey Considers Black List Script The Company Man

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Matthew McConaughey has had such an uncanny streak in television and film that he earned his own word: McConaissance. From Magic Mike to The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club, the Academy Award winner has been hitting it out of the park with critically heralded dramas based on true events. So, it's little surprise that McConaughey is currently eyeing another, this one about a CIA agent who goes behind enemy lines and gets tangled in international politics. Deadline reports Matthew McConaughey is attached to The Company Man, a biopic previously known as the Untitled Ed Wilson Project. The script by Andrew Cypiot first earned buzz when it snagged a spot on the coveted Black List, a collection of screenplays bouncing about Hollywood that have earned praise but haven't scored production deals. DreamWorks senior exec Mark Sourian and Josh Kazdan are now producing the pic that is currently without »

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Mark Ruffalo Seeks A More Philosophical Direction For A Solo Hulk Movie

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The Hulk has had two shots at the big screen so far, and while both films have their fans, neither is exactly beloved. By the time Mark Ruffalo suited up to play Bruce Banner in The Avengers, fans had already become divided on the issue of who the Hulk and his human alter ego really are. That paradox is among many issues why the hero hasn't popped up in his own movie recently, with the 46 year-old Mark Ruffalo not exactly being the sort of actor on which a big budget blockbuster can depend (which is also where ensemble rumors come from). Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ruffalo was surprisingly quite forthcoming on the issues the character presents in terms of being the center of a feature film, noting that his Hulk would be considerably more introspective. "I think that.s the ticket forward for Banner, to start to figure out where »

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Monty Python Live (Mostly): 5 Reasons You Need To Find An Encore Screening

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I.ve been a fan of Monty Python for more years of my life than not, and thus complacency had set in with the notion that the five surviving members would never again reconvene under the moniker. And then, astoundingly, it happened recently in the form of Monty Python Live (mostly), a limited run of live performances in London.s O2 arena. The last of these performances was simulcast in theaters around the globe, allowing worldwide communities of Python fans to get together and sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" with the group for one last time. Pardon me, I have something in my eye. Luckily, this event wasn.t exactly a One Time Only affair, as Fathom Events will be showing encore screenings of the performance on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23. (Find your closest theater here.) Assuming you guys aren.t getting your geek on »

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Batman v Superman Will Not Be Set In The Same Universe As The Arrow And Flash TV Shows

21 July 2014 5:21 PM, PDT

Marvel Studios has not only done something spectacular on the big screen, creating a massive franchise made up of smaller franchises, but have even managed to extend their reach to television. Not only did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wrap up its first season a few months ago - the second season to begin in September - but Marvel has also announced development of a Agent Carter show (which will debut at midseason at the end of this year). With Warner Bros. and DC Comics currently in the process of building up their comic book movie status, many have wondered if the companies are considering incorporating characters from Arrow and the upcoming Flash show. Today we finally seem to have a firm answer, and it's "no." DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was on hand at the Television Critics Association press tour today, and, according to »

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Jurassic World Unveils A Special San Diego Comic-Con Poster

21 July 2014 4:14 PM, PDT

Exclusive Jurassic World art from @MarkEnglert, available at Sdcc to a resourceful few. pic.twitter.com/9vlX3vlcDG. Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) July 21, 2014 Because Universal Pictures doesn't have a presentation scheduled at Hall H this year, it's very unlikely that we will be getting the chance to see footage from Jurassic World this week - but that doesn't mean that the gigantic geek fest won't have any dinosaur presence. As you can see above, director Colin Trevorrow has revealed what is actually our first Jurassic World poster on his official Twitter account (or at least our first poster that isn't just the film's logo). While details are slim thanks to the social media site's character limit, we do know that the design was done by artist Mark Englert, and that the prints will be in short supply. Presumably at some point over the next few days the filmmaker or Universal will »

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