17 items from 2015
A pretty hefty bulletin today and we'll begin with the latest PG-13 rating for a Marvel film as Ant-Man gets the "find for families but edgy enough for the teens" rating to make sure the target demographic of everyone is satisfied. As a matter of fact, of the more notable films on today's board only Ant-Man and the upcoming Secret In Their Eyes remake (which saw its first trailer released earlier today) are the only two PG-13 ratings in the bulletin. Before we get to the R-rated titles, however, we do have one PG rated film, that being Sony's Goosebumps, an adaptation of the R.L. Stine novels starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ken Marino and Ella Wahlestedt. As for the R-rated titles, well, we start with a pretty hard R in American Ultra, a re-teaming of Adventureland stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in a story of a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, »
- Brad Brevet
Prolific author R.L. Stine has many Ya horror series under his belt, from Fear Street, to Mostly Ghostly, to The Nightmare Room, but none are more iconic than Goosebumps, with over a hundred in number and 350 million copies sold worldwide. Columbia Pictures will release the Goosebumps movie this October 16, with Jack Black playing Stine to…
- Max Evry
“The Bronze,” a raunchy comedy about a troubled Olympic gymnast, will try to stick the landing next fall.
Relativity Studios is moving the film from July 10, 2015, when it was slate to debut in limited release, to October 16, 2015. It will once again debut in a limited cluster of theaters before expanding on October 23, 2015.
The studio was concerned that the film would be overshadowed by an onslaught of R-rated summer comedies like “Ted 2,” “Vacation,” and “Spy,” and felt that October was a less competitive time, according to an individual with knowledge. In its new release date, “The Bronze” can steer clear of the over a dozen comedies all vying for audience attention from May through August. There aren’t as many mainstream funny movies this fall, and its new slot is one vacated by “Vacation,” which moved into July.
- Brent Lang
A Nacho Libre reunion is in the works. The 2006 comedy was the highly anticipated follow-up for director Jared Hess, after he achieved wild success with the indie Napoleon Dynamite. Though Libre ultimately failed to make the same kind of splash and Hess hasn't had a hit as big as Dynamite since, the filmmaker is now poised to reteam with his Nacho Libre star Jack Black on a new project. Buffalo Film Company announced today that it will produce the comedy Micronations, with Hess directing and Black set to star. Penned by New Girl writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes, the story revolves around the world of “do-it-yourself countries”, in which people declare their own backyards “micronations”. Black will play a loveable oddball who finds a place in this bizarre world and is recruited as the head of Defense for the tiny nation of Valoria, population: 12. Valoria soon finds itself in »
- Adam Chitwood
Las Vegas - When bringing monsters to life on film in the 21st century, directors have more tools in their toolbox than ever before -- and as "Goosebumps" director Rob Letterman and producer Neal H. Moritz tell it, you can expect lots of digital effects wizardry in their forthcoming meta-movie based on R.L. Stine's Ya book franchise. "We had a lot of guys in green suits running around the set," Moritz told us while promoting the film at CinemaCon. Added Letterman: "It was a solid mix [between CGI and practical effects]. There's a lot of CGI visual effects, but at the same time Slappy [the dummy] is for the most part real, a puppeteered ventriloquist dummy, cause we wanted to have that feel." Speaking of Slappy, the pint-sized villain made an appearance during the first meeting between the creative team and Stine, played in the film by Jack Black. "Slappy sat on Jack's lap, next to R.L. Stine. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Las Vegas - Though a feature-film remake/reboot of Paul Verhoeven's 1997 sci-fi actioner "Starship Troopers" (based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name) has been rumored for some time, according to producer Neal H. Moritz the project could well end up on the small screen -- as a TV series. "We're developing it. We've actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show," Mortiz told me while promoting the upcoming R.L. Stine movie "Goosebumps" at CinemaCon. "So, we'll see." Set in the future, "Starship Troopers" centers on humanity's fight for survival against a race of giant man-eating bugs. Verhoeven's version was considered a box-office flop, with only $121 million worldwide on a budget of over $100 million. The film nevertheless spawned two direct-to-dvd sequels and an animated TV series. »
- Chris Eggertsen
A few days ago at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Goosebumps director Rob Letterman and producer Neal H. Moritz. They talked about adapting R.L. Stine's books, the development process, how Letterman wanted to make a "classic, Amblin-esque" film, the test screening process (where it scored a 95 and a 96!), where they’re at in post-production, Comic-Con, casting Jack Black, and a lot more. If you’re not familiar with Goosebumps, author R.L. Stine’s series of books were a staple of nearly every 90s kid’s childhood. They had just the right amount of darkness and creepiness while still being accessible, and the twist endings recalled episodes of The Twilight Zone. The film will feature Black as Stine and will involve the author’s creations unexpectedly coming to life thanks to a teen neighbor (Dylan Minnette). Subsequently, Stine must team up with his daughter (Odeya Rush) and »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
Be the first in St. Louis to see the upcoming comedy The D Train.
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.
A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to La and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life.
The D Train Hits Theaters May 8th.
- Movie Geeks
Photo Credit: Open Road
Going to see a movie is a great idea for weekend family outings, but sometimes it can be difficult to find movies that are appropriate and enjoyable for the whole family! We’ve put together a list of the best upcoming film releases that are a must-see for the whole family.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a list of the top ten movies to catch with your family this year, starting with the uplifting and inspiring Little Boy in theaters this Friday April 24th!
This is the type of movie that will resonate with everyone in the family! Little Boy is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the »
- Movie Geeks
Stars: Alix Elizabeth Gitter, Erick Avari, Steve Bacic, James C. Burns, James Cavlo, Tadhg Kelly, James Ralph, Tara Westwood, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey | Written by Cam Cannon, Rachel Long, Brian Pittman | Directed by Brett Donowho
Recently orphaned teen Jordan is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the small town of Silver Falls. Clashing with her newfound guardians, Jordan develops a burgeoning friendship with a curious classmate that leads to a shocking discovery; according to local legend, two young twins who were killed by their father have cast a dark spell over Silver Falls. When Jordan finds a mysterious ring, the murdered girls’ restless spirits begin to shadow her every move. Meanwhile, Jordan’s concerned aunt and uncle refer her to a therapist who sees medication and hospitalization as the only solution to her problems. As the frightened teen fights to prove her sanity, a killer draws near. »
- Phil Wheat
There have been rumblings of a remake of the 1984 horror comedy Gremlins developing at Warner Bros. with last year bringing a rumor that Chris Columbus would be producing the remake. Now Deadline confirms that the studio is indeed working on reviving the original film from Joe Dante with a new version that will be scripted by Carl Ellsworth, who recently wrote the big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps horror book series, as well as Disturbia (which is basically a remake of Rear Window) and remakes of Last House on the Left and Red Dawn. Steven Spielberg will also be producing this one too. If for some reason you're not familiar with the silly little horror flick, it took place in a small town where a young man came into possession of an odd little animal called a Mogwai. And this adorable little guy had some rules to take care of him, »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal Pictures is teaming up with Scholastic on a three-year, first-look production agreement to produce live action properties based on children’s literature.
The deal brings Deborah Forte, the departing president of Scholastic Media, into the studio orbit. Forte is stepping down at the company in order to head up Silvertongue Films, a new venture under which she will lead efforts to bring a slate of selected Scholastic properties to the big screen. Silvertongue will open offices in Los Angeles and New York.
Universal already has several Scholastic properties in development, including “Clifford, The Big Red Dog” and “The 39 Clues,” with Forte serving as producer on both.
“This alliance represents a significant opportunity to add value to Scholastic and Universal’s portfolios while I get to do what I love most with properties I have helped to build over the years,” said Forte in a statement. “I am most fortunate »
- Brent Lang
"...there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a darkside." This underworld can now expect its first visitor, as the reboot of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside, a project that was recently given a pilot order from The CW, has now cast its lead.
Deadline reports that Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) has signed on for the central role in The CW's pilot for the Tales From the Darkside reboot. The original series was episodic and featured a new set of characters in each installment, but in the reboot, we can expect to see one character appear in every episode, one who has ties to The Darkside. This character, named Newman, will be played by Lemche. Newman is "a weathered and tortured young man... the guide »
- Derek Anderson
Kevin Costner financed his latest film Black or White himself, so strong was his belief in the material. It’s the true story of a battle between Costner’s character, an alcoholic widower, and Octavia Spencer’s character, matriarch of a big family, for custody of their bi-racial granddaughter. Costner also believed in the abilities of award-winning Canadian actor Mpho Koaho, who plays the tutor Duvan. Koaho got to work alongside the two Academy Award winners, a nice addition to a busy career that began in 1998 in the TV series Goosebumps and continues through to the sci-fi series Falling Skies. We had […] »
- Anne Brodie
[Brightcove "3985836747001" "" "" "auto"] From the brightly colored, sunshiny Hollywood seen in Nickelodeon's Victorious to the gritty, dimly lit streets of New York in her new show Eye Candy, Victoria Justice has made a huge career leap. In MTV's new hour-long drama, Justice portrays Lindy, a 21-year-old tech genius with a keen distrust of the police force who let her sister's kidnapping go unsolved years before we meet her in the pilot. Loosely based on a series of books by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, Eye Candy follows Lindy as she helps other people find their missing loved ones using her hacking skills, which have »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
There's a new serial killer on the block.Shows like "True Detective," "The Following" and "Hannibal" have us all interested in blood-soaked entertainment again -- and now, MTV's joining in the freaky fun.Victoria Justice headlines the network's new scripted drama, "Eye Candy," as Lindy, a hacker who dives into the online dating pool to track down a psychopath.Check out the trailer above -- and keep reading for 5 things you need to know before the premiere.1.) Victoria Justice Is All Grown UpMany stars know the actress from Nickelodeon shows like "Zoey 101" and "Victorious," but now 21 in real life, she's ready to take on something a little edgier.There's no high school drama in this show, as Justice plays a hacker who has her own apartment, goes to bars and even gets down and dirty with at least one of her hot costars.2.) It'll Make You Think Twice About »
- tooFab Staff
17 items from 2015
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