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Netflix, Sandler Team For Four Films

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Following the shock announcement of Netflix picking up the rights to the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel and irking various distributors in the process, the streaming giant has pulled off an even more surprising move this week.

Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and Netflix are teaming to jointly develop four films in which Sandler will produce and star. The films will stream exclusively in the nearly fifty countries where the service operates.

In an official statement, Sandler says: "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said 'yes' for one reason and one reason only... Netflix rhymes with 'wet chicks'. Let the streaming begin."

How Us exhibitors will react to this news, we'll see.

Source: Screen »

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"I Am Legend" Reboots Without Will Smith

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Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to turn the Will Smith-led 2007 film adaptation of the classic horror story "I Am Legend" into a potential new franchise. This means rebooting the property sans Smith.

The studio has taken Gary Graham's spec script "A Garden At The End Of The World," a project described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne's "The Searchers," and have decided to retrofit it for the 'Legend' reboot. There is reportedly enough similarities Graham himself was brought in to do it.

Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Roy Lee, Joby Harold and Brooklyn Weaver are on board to produce. The original film grossed $586 million worldwide.

Source: Deadline »

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Radcliffe Is Michael Caine's Son In "Now"

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Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Michael Caine's son in Jon M. Chu's upcoming sequel to the ensemble heist thriller "Now You See Me" at Summit Entertainment.

Speaking with Hey U Guys, Caine said: "There's a sequel to Now You See Me and we're shooting in London. I shoot in December, the whole of December in London, and my son is Harry Potter. I thought it'd be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son."

Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman are set to return for the film which begins shooting this Fall. »

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Fifth "Pirates" Set For Queensland

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The Walt Disney Studios have announced today that the fifth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series is anticipated to begin production in Queensland, Australia in February 2015.

Australian Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, welcomed the decision by The Walt Disney Studios to film in Australia:

"The Australian Government is delighted to have secured the high-profile fifth installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of Au$21.6 million. This is a landmark deal with The Walt Disney Studios; this film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination."

The film is expected to create thousands of jobs for Queenslanders and attract millions of dollars into the state. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will helm the film which is »

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Ben Affleck To Play A Killer "Accountant"

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Ben Affleck is currently playing The Batman, but his next gig sees him in a role that's potentially far more prone to paper cuts - he's up for the lead in "The Accountant" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Affleck is in talks to star in the action thriller which Gavin O'Connor is the favorite to direct (no official offer has yet been made). Bill Dubuque ("The Judge") penned the script about a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as an assassin.

Stuck for several years in development, the project was at one time considered for a directorial vehicle for Mel Gibson. At another time Will Smith was attached to star.

Affleck is expected to take on the role before he directs and stars in "Live by Night" which begins filming in July next year. Kevin Scott Frakes, Lynette Howell, Raj Brinder Singh and Mark Williams are producing.

Source: Variety »

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"Angry Birds" Cast, First Photo Reveal

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Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage have all nabbed roles in the upcoming "Angry Birds" movie at Sony Pictures. The studio has also released the first official photo which you can see below.

The news was announced in a press release which also reveals which characters they play: Sudeikis is the leader Red, Gad is Chuck (yellow), McBride is Bomb (black), Rudolph is Matilda (white), Hader is an unnamed pig, and Dinklage is the legendary Mighty Eagle.

Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos, Ian Andrew Hecox and Andrew Padilla also lend their voices to the film adaptation of the popular game which Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis are directing. Jon Vitti ("The Simpsons Movie") is penning the script.

Source: Sony Pictures »

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Downey Jr. Teases "Iron Man 4" Again

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Robert Downey Jr. has once again teased the idea of reprising his Tony Stark character in a fourth "Iron Man" feature - unexpected considering "Iron Man 3" last year was tipped to be the end of the standalone films featuring the character. Asked about his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actor tells THR:

"I'm sure we'll ride that thing. You've got to surf that all the way in to shore. I think I was at the forefront of something that was coming into being, and I think it has carried me as much as I have informed it. That's the healthy way to look at it. It's so easy to become inflated by the successes, but what they really are are long, strong trends. It's just another wave."

Downey has waxed and waned over his commitment to the next film in recent months, expressing interest but still playing coy. »

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New "Dracula" Ties Into Universal Monsters?

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It seems this weekend's "Dracula Untold" may not be the standalone project it was once thought, rather it serves as a mini-prologue to Universal's proposed cinematic universe boasting a mashup of its classic monsters range.

Major Spoilers Ahead

"Dracula Untold" includes a coda set in the modern day involving Luke Evans' Dracula character and the vampire character (turned more human like) played by Charles Dance both hanging around a market on the streets of a major city.

End Spoilers

According to Badass Digest, reshoots were conducted a few months ago to include this very scene. While the upcoming "Mummy" reboot will be the first official film of the initiative, this 'Untold' coda sets the whole thing off.

It's also discardable enough that if the film is a failure, Universal can opt instead to make it retroactively standalone and go forward with another take on Dracula.

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"Hollow Crown: War of Roses" Begins Production

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Principal photography is now underway on "The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses," the upcoming second set of telemovies based on Shakespeare's historical plays. Neal Street, Carnival/NBCUniversal and Thirteen are producing the project for BBC Two with shooting to take place in locations around the UK.

The three film adaptations cover Henry VI (in 2 parts) and Richard III. Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge are already set for the project which will be transmitted on PBS.

Also announced today are Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson.

The first official image is also out of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in the production. You can see that below:

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"Left Behind" Gets An Unexpected Quote

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In an interesting move by the marketing team behind the Nicolas Cage thriller "Left Behind," a new promotional poster for the film is out on its Facebook page which includes a "pull quote" by one of the oldest critics there is - The Devil.

The poster, essentially a still from the film of panicking people along with the logo and release date, includes the quote: "Please do not bring unbelievers to this movie - Satan".

The movie deals with what happens to those left behind when 'The Rapture' suddenly takes place. Other promotional material from the film includes quotes from Christian evangelists and one from the Book of Matthew.

Stoney Lake Entertainment and Freestyle Releasing are releasing the project in cinemas this week. Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson and Cassi Thomson also star.

Source: THR »

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"Twilight" Saga Continues As Short Films

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Lionsgate has plans to continue "The Twilight Saga" with 'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga', a series of short films to be directed by at least five aspiring female filmmakers.

Author Stephenie Meyer is teaming with Women In Film, Facebook and crowdsourcing platform Tongal on a social media campaign to develop and produce the shorts which will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the "Twilight" universe.

Meyer's "The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide" will offer guidance for the filmmakers to direct the shorts which will be financed through production advances. Winning shorts will premiere exclusively on Facebook next year.

Amongst those selecting the winners are Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Catherine Hardwicke, Jennifer Lee, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

Source: HitFix »

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TV Ratings: "Gotham" Steady, "Murder" Massive

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Second week early ratings are in and "Gotham" held strong in its sophomore outing, dropping a fairly soft 13% to a 2.8 rating and 7.33 million viewers in Live+Same Day results. However the strongest retainer was "Scorpion" which dropped just 6% from its premiere and garnered a 3.0 rating and 12.23 million viewers.

"Sleepy Hollow" fell 15% to a disappointing 1.7 rating and 5.1 million viewers, while "The Blackist" suffered badly with an 18% drop to a 2.8 rating. On the flip side both are heavily DVR'd shows so will see numbers jump when Live+3 and Live+7 numbers come in. "NCIS: Los Angeles" returned in a new time slot and with just a 1.9 rating, down 35% from its old Tuesday berth. However, CBS projects a Live+7 jump of a whopping 64%.

Shonda Rhimes' new series "How to Get Away With Murder" broke a record - scoring the biggest DVR viewership increase in history. In Live+3 ratings, the drama series premiere jumped »

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Yvette Nicole Brown Out Of "Community"

22 hours ago

Yvette Nicole Brown will not appear in the upcoming thirteen episode, sixth season of "Community" on Yahoo Screen.

The show's executive producers, and Sony Pictures Television, have released Brown from her contract after she asked to leave the show to care for her ailing father says The Live Feed.

Brown plays Greendale Community College student Shirley Bennett and was expected to return alongside the show's other regulars including Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong.

Another exit is Jonathan Banks, who played a regular on the show's fifth season. He's had to pull out due to his commitments to reprise his iconic "Breaking Bad" role in AMC's "Better Call Saul".

Two new characters will be joining Greendale though - a woman brought in as a consultant to help shape up the school, and a retired salesman who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself.

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Alex Holmes To Pen "Killer" Adaptation

1 October 2014 12:25 AM, PDT

Alex Holmes has been hired to pen the adaptation of Tom Wood's novel "The Killer" for Studiocanal, The Picture Company and Sentient Entertainment. Pierre Morel ("Taken") is slated to direct.

The first in a six-book series dubbed the 'Victor The Assassin' franchise, the critically acclaimed work follows a mysterious and charismatic killer whose conscience begins to catch up with him and puts him at odds with his employers.

The hope is the film will be the potential first in a franchise. Holmes penned and directed episodes of "House Of Saddam" and "Strike Back" along with the documentary "Stop At Nothing".

Source: Deadline »

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Rihanna Could Be The Next Bond Girl?

30 September 2014 5:53 PM, PDT

Pop star Rihanna is rumored to be making a cameo in the next James Bond movie, according to Ok!.

The British trade claims Eon Productions have approached the 26-year old singer to see whether she'd be interested in making a guest appearance.

Their source says: "Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn’t even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She’s really excited."

It would mark the singer's third onscreen role following "Battleship" and "This Is The End". No mention is made in the report of Rihanna potentially singing the theme song for the film which begins shooting around year's end. »

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"Zombieland" Sequel Has Been Resurrected

30 September 2014 5:52 PM, PDT

After seemingly dying on the vine a while back, Sony Pictures is resurrecting the proposed sequel to "Zombieland" and has hired Dave Callaham ("Godzilla," "The Expendables") to write it.

Ruben Fleischer is expected to return to direct the film and will supervise the writing. Callaham's script for the upcoming darkly comic adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel "Jackpot" brought the writer to the attention of Sony and got him involved in "Zombieland 2".

It's unknown at present which actors from the first film will be back, especially considering all their careers have taken off considerably in subsequent years including Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin.

Source: Deadline »

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They're Making A "Rush Hour" TV Series

30 September 2014 5:51 PM, PDT

With the "Rush Hour" film franchise pretty much over, Warner Bros. TV has decided to try and reinvent it on the small screen with a prime-time TV series reboot in the works.

"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will pen the series which follows a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles. He finds himself forced to work with a cocky African-American L.A.P.D. officer who has no interest in having a partner.

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in the original 1998 film and its two subsequent sequels. Brett Ratner, who directed all three films, will serve as executive producer on the show alongside Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.

Source: EW »

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Rosa Salazar Joins "Maze Runner" Sequel

30 September 2014 5:50 PM, PDT

Rosa Salazar ("Insurgent," "American Horror Story") has closed a deal to join the cast of the young adult novel adaptation "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" for 20th Century Fox, Temple Hill Entertainment and the Gotham Group.

The first film followed a group of young men, and one woman (Kaya Scoledario), escaping their confinement within a giant deadly maze. In the second film, they're now in a sun scorched wasteland.

Pre-production on the 'Maze' sequel is already underway, with leading man Dylan O'Brien returning. Salazar will play Brenda, the lone female amongst another group of teens who ends up paired with O’Brien’s character when both end up on the run in tunnels underneath a city.

"Game of Thrones" star Aidan Gillen was cast as the villain the other day. Wes Ball returns to helm the follow-up which is due for release next September.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Walker, Palmer Top Sparks' "The Choice"

30 September 2014 5:48 PM, PDT

Benjamin Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") and Teresa Palmer ("I Am Number Four") have scored the lead roles in the upcoming film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Choice" for Lionsgate and Nicholas Sparks Productions.

Travis Parker (Walker) meets neighbor Gabby Holland (Palmer) in a small coastal town. The story spans a decade of their love affair, which is ultimately tested by life's most defining events.

Ross Katz directs from a screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Sparks, Theresa Park and Peter Safran will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Tom Hanks' "Big" Becomes A TV Series

30 September 2014 12:41 PM, PDT

The producers of Fox's well-regarded but sadly cancelled "Enlisted," Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, are re-teaming for another half-hour comedy series for the network.

This one will be based on the hit Tom Hanks-led 1988 movie "Big" with the pair writing the pilot episode. The story is "loosely based" on the movie, but shifts the action to today.

Penny Marshall's 1988 original film followed a young boy who wishes to be big through a magical slot machine. He wakes up the next day as a full-grown adult (Hanks). Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia and John Heard co-starred.

Source: EW »

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