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Mark Wahlberg tells MTV News that he's "committed to doing a couple more" films in the "Transformers" franchise. Asked when he'll get to work on the next one, he says: "I can't speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on set soon."
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
Walt Becker ("Van Wilder," "Wild Hogs") has signed on to direct a fourth installment of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise for Fox 2000 and New Regency. Adam Sztykiel ("Made of Honor," "Due Date") penned the most current draft of the script, taking over from Randi Mayem Singer ("Mrs. Doubtfire").
It is unclear whether Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney will return to voice the furry CG characters or if Jason Lee will saddle up once again as their human caretaker Dave. The film is targeting a release next Christmas. [Source: THR]
Legendary Pictures has optioned the film »
- Garth Franklin
Having grossed over $1 billion around the world, it should come as no surprise that New Regency are looking to get Alvin and the Chipmunks back up on screen for a fourth outing. And now it seems as though they have a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Becker has been hired to direct Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. The latest version of the script has been written by Adam Sztykiel, who has previously penned Made of Honor and Due Date. An earlier draft was penned by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire).
It is unknown if Justin Long (Tusk), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) or Jesse McCartney (Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy) will return to provide their voices as Alvin, Simon and Theodore or if Jason Lee (Mallrats) will reprise his role as Dave.
- Luke Owen
Some film performances are so great, they make you jealous. This may be particularly true when the performance in question comes from an actor who hasn’t even hit puberty yet. You can’t help but think, How did that youngster get such an amazing head start on their career? Below are 12 astonishing performances from the smallest actors on the biggest screens. Sure, you could just call some of them “adorable,” but we adore them for more than just their little dimpled cheeks. These are full-fledged actors with chops to spare. Mara Wilson, “Matilda” It’s hard to tell whether Mara Wilson knows just how cute she is. At age 7, she took on the title role in “Matilda,” the super-powered whiz kid of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel. Although her earlier work in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Miracle on 34th Street” established her as a legitimate actor, “Matilda” is her crowning achievement: whimsical, »
With audiences growing tired of “Spider-Man” or “Transformers” sequels, Hollywood now has a solution — go back to the ’90s.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened to atrocious reviews 20 years after the original, still scored an impressive $36 million at the box office last weekend. (Read all the reasons why it worked from my colleague Brent Lang.) It shouldn’t have come as a surprise: the ’90s are hot again. This week, Twitter went nuts over a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion photo of James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, while Focus Features announced “Can’t Touch This” (borrowing from the Mc Hammer song), a ’90s-set high school dance-a-thon directed by Jon M. Chu. If Robin Williams had lived to star in “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” it would no doubt have been a hit too.
As executives inevitably start to dig through the recycling bin of old titles that never got a second chapter, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” was originally meant to a be a fun family-friendly way to spend the winter holidays. But with the unfortunate death of Robin Williams, the film will now have the heavy duty of acting as a memorial to one of Hollywood’s finest actors. Much of the movie-loving world is still reeling from Williams’ death, so I don’t know how hard it might be for some of you to actually watch the latest trailer from “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” But, if you’re planning on paying for final respects to the man that brought you Mrs. Doubtfire, the Genie, and Patch [ Read More ]
Neil Calloway looks at the superhero movie genre’s dominance of the mainstream, and its impact on adult cinema…
The news that financing on the the film Idol’s Eye, slated to star Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, had been pulled, just as it was about to go into production surprised me. If a film starring an double Oscar winner like De Niro and a young star like Pattinson can’t attract investors, what films can? Anyone that has an interest in film can’t have helped but notice that Marvel Studios – which only started making films on its own in 2008 – revealed their “phase three” for the next few years, quickly following the announcement from DC comics If these young upstarts can tell us what films they’re going to be making for the foreseeable future, how can a film like Idol’s Eye not secure the money it needs to get made? »
- Oli Davis
Robin Williams' tragic death in August has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging, and neither drugs nor alcohol were found to have played a part in the suicide.
The Marin County, Calif. coroner released a statement declaring Williams’ death a suicide on Friday. The coroner also noted that illegal drugs and alcohol were not involved in the actor and comedian’s suicide. Prescription drugs were found in “therapeutic concentrations,” according to the coroner’s statement.
Williams was found dead on the morning of August 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. At the time, Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said in a press conference that it was believed he had died of a suicide by hanging.
For years, Williams had publicly battled alcoholism and depression. In recent years, he had been living a sober life, but he was still deeply affected by depression. »
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Peer Augustinski (1940-2014) - German voice actor. He voiced most of Robin Williams's parts in German dubs, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Good Will Hunting and Good Morning, Vietnam. He also voiced Woody in the German versions of the Toy Story movies. He died on October 3. (Suddeutsche) Ox Baker (1934-2014) - Professional wrestler turned actor. He is best known for fighting Snake Plissken in Escape from...
- Christopher Campbell
The partners aim to make globally appealing family franchises comprised of one 3D animated film and one CGI-live-action hybrid film a year, starting in 2017.
Kicking off the initial slate of 10 is the “full CGI” Melody that Columbus will co-direct with Zag.
The line-up includes CGI-live action hybrid Ghostforce and the “full CGI” Abominable.
The Saban group will be responsible for the coordination of all distribution and marketing strategies while Saban Brands will handle worldwide licensing and merchandising for the films.
Zag Animation Studios will operate out of Zag Entertainment’s new, state-of-the-art campus in Glendale, California.
“This is an incredible moment for our business as we partner to create a world-class animation studio that will produce extraordinary feature films,” said Saban (pictured) of Saban Capital Group and Saban Brands. “Zag Animation »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The launch of a venture between Haim Saban (Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and Founder of Saban Brands), Chris Columbus (Writer, Director and Academy Award nominated Producer), Michael Barnathan (Academy Award nominated Producer) and Jeremy Zag (Founder of Zag Entertainment LLC), marks the birth of Zag Animation Studios.
This influential team will lead the studio in developing, producing and distributing high quality, global feature film family entertainment franchises, to include one 3D animated film and one CGI-live action hybrid film per year, starting in 2017. Zag Animation Studios will operate out of Zag Entertainment's brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Glendale, California.
"This is an incredible moment for our business as we partner to create a world-class animation studio that will produce extraordinary feature films. Zag Animation Studios will deliver creative and compelling family entertainment for generations to come. »
Robin Williams would be proud. The comedian's children Zak, Cody and Zelda Williams were joined by his best friend Billy Crystal on the San Francisco Giant's field for a touching tribute to the late actor. Taking the baseball diamond before Game 5 of the World Series, Williams' children and Crystal looked on as a video montage played clips of Robin's numerous trips to the Giants park over the years. Zak, Cody and Zelda were each wearing special tribute jerseys and opened the game by taking the first pitch. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star was a huge Giants fan. "We are honored to be here in support of the tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants," the actor's children said in a statement before the game. "For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of »
- tooFab Staff
Zelda Willams' New Tattoo
Zelda took to Instagram on Thursday with the snap of the ink, captioning it, “For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."
A photo posted by Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) on
Oct 10, 2014 at 1:36pm Pdt
The tattoo tribute Zelda had done features Robin’s birthdate – “7.21.51” – on her wrist. On the outside of her hand, just below her thumb, Zelda had the tattoo artist draw a hummingbird. Incidentally, a hummingbird was featured on bracelets that were given out at the reception following Robin’s funeral.
In her Instagram post, Zelda went on to clarify that the account from which she was posting is her only account and that all others are fake. »
11th August 2014, news broke that Robin Williams passed away, a beloved actor who resonated in the memories of so many who grew up watching his stand-up or his films such as Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin. In the later hours after his passing and the media swarm that followed, we found out that Robin took his own life after a long struggle with his mental illness – something he’d been open about in the past. No one ever said depression killed him.
Depression is a misunderstood illness, nowadays if someone says they’re depressed most jump to the conclusion they’re just a little bit down, in a spot of bad luck or they’re just being ‘emo’. We all go through periods when we feel down and most will find a way to brighten their mood, but when you’re depressed you consistently and persistently feel down for weeks, »
- Thomas Blakey
A legend remembered. Robin Williams' memorial was held at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 27, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. Hundreds of guests joined together to remember the late Mrs. Doubtfire actor, including Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Joel McHale, Josh Groban, Governor Jerry Brown, and Nancy Pelosi. Williams' longtime friend Billy Crystal, who paid tribute to the actor during the Emmy Awards last month, opened the memorial. "He was in tears," an insider tells Us. Goldberg [...] »
Ethan Hawke is opening up about the tragic death of Robin Williams. In an interview with CBC Q Radio's Jian Ghomeshi at the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor talked about what it was like to work with the comedy legend as an up-and-coming talent. Hawke met Williams on the set of the "Dead Poets Society" back in 1989, where Robin helped him forward his career by setting him up with an agent. "I'm here at the Toronto Film Festival, that agent is gonna be at the premiere of 'Good Kill' tomorrow night," the 43-year-old star explained. "We know each other because Robin called his agent and said, 'You know, I think there's somebody good on set I met and you should meet him.' I owe that to him." Even as a teenager, Hawke says he sensed sadness behind all of Robin's jokes."Even at 18, it was obvious »
- tooFab Staff
Lionsgate scored the No. 1 spot on all three charts the week ending Sept. 7 with “Draft Day,” a sports drama that stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of a football team faced with a difficult draft pick.
The film only earned $28.8 million in U.S. theaters, but it’s the highest-grossing new release to come out on disc last week. On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart – which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – “Draft Day” knocked the previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, to the No. 3 spot.
Steady sales demand for Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” kept the action sequel at No. 2 for the second consecutive week.
- Thomas K. Arnold
Spidey lost his grip on the top of the national home video sales chart after just one week due to the newly released Adam Sandler comedy “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer distributed by Warner Bros.
The film, which costars Drew Barrymore, only grossed $46.3 million in theaters, but demand for the Blu-ray Disc and DVD was enough to vault it straight to No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the week ending Aug. 31, sending Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to No. 2.
Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of the late Robin Williams, returned to Twitter this week with a powerful anti-bullying message, after she deleted her account due to what she deemed "cruel and unnecessary" attacks centered around her father's suicide.
The younger Williams wrote on Monday a simple "Thank you" message, which also included a link to her personal Tumblr page, with a quote she attributed to Harvey Fierstein, her father's "Mrs. Doubtfire" costar.
Thank you. http://t.co/e2hve7fD50
- Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) September 1, 2014
Williams had told her followers in a tweet sent out on August 13 that she was deactivating her account after being on the receiving end of malicious messages concerning her father's death, including edited images purportedly showing his body. Robin Williams »
- Katie Roberts
Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A. »
- Kristopher Tapley
While this summer was packed full of fun and exciting headlines and stories, nothing touched fans worldwide like the tragic news of Robin Williams' unexpected passing. The sad news stuck a chord within all of us and his recent death won't soon be forgotten. From his countless TV and movie roles (Mrs. Doubtfire, Night at the Museum, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting) to his ability to make anyone laugh at any time, Williams was loved by everyone. You voted and rightfully chose the Oscar winner's passing at the defining news story of the summer. Let's remember the late star by taking a look back at his life in photos. »
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