17 items from 2014
Chicago – A feature-length comedy is a daunting undertaking. But being consistently funny for 2 straight hours is like climbing Mount Everest blindfolded with no arms while taking selfies using your feet.
Special effects mean nothing in the land of comedy. It’s all about the writing and the acting (in that order). To give you a sense of who you’re working with here, I find “Anchorman” hilarious and “Burn After Reading” for a dark comedy. Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” hits more than it misses, but his return accomplishes the reverse with “A Million Ways to Die in the West” without a reason for being.
Double entendres like “That’s horseshit!” (referring to intentionally placed manure in the middle of a statement of disdain) fall flat while a game at the fair called “Runaway Slave” is genuinely funny (and finds a way for a recently unchained man to appear for a perfect post-credits cameo). Likewise, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Universal Pictures has not a single blockbuster movie on its 2014 slate. So why is it posting some of its most impressive numbers for years?
Once upon a time, Universal Pictures had its slate for 2014 pretty much sorted. It was to base it around two massive blockbuster sequels, a pair of tentpole pictures that were of sufficient size for others studios to steer clear of them. And that would then give the studio the latitude to place a few other, cheaper bets around the board.
But then, last year, there was a change of plan. Jurassic Park 4 became Jurassic World, and more worryingly for Universal, it bounced from the summer of 2014 to the summer of 2015. That meant that Universal's blockbuster strategy hung on Fast & Furious 7, a sequel that the studio had fasttracked - at the cost of director Justin Lin - so that it followed Fast & Furious 6 by a mere year. »
Everest, the tale of an expedition up the world’s highest mountain going horribly wrong, has added two more cast members. Avatar’s Sam Worthington and The Princess Bride herself, Robin Wright, will both take on roles in the film that is currently shooting in Nepal on the base of Everest. Other shooting locales include the Italian Dolomites, Cinecitta Studios in Rome and our very own Pinewood Studios. The film will follow a group on an expedition when they are suddenly hit by a snowstorm. Worthington will play Guy Cotton, while Wright takes on the role of Josh Brolin’s character Beck Weathers’ wife, Peach Weathers.
The cast is pretty solid, and with 2 Guns and 101 Reykjavik director Baltasar Kormakur behind the camera, we can assume it’s going to be a tense and thrilling affair.
Everest is released is set for a February 2015 release around Europe and a Us release »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Of all the difficult tasks that life on this planet has to offer, from grad school to Dead Souls, climbing a mountain is one of the most daunting, and doesn.t change all that much as the years go by. 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur.s next film, Everest, centers on one of the deadliest mountain climbs in history, and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright and Sam Worthington join this already stacked cast to watch the deadly fiasco from the sidelines. Based on the true story of the disastrous 1996 tragedy, Universal's Everest will follow multiple group expeditions as their attempt to scale the tallest mountain on Earth is met with bad planning and avalanches. The Adventure Consultants group will be led by co-founder Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), Mike Groom (Thomas M. Wright) and Andy Harris (Martin Henderson). Their clientele includes veteran climber Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) . whose wife Peach will be »
This drama based on a true story follows a 1996 expedition to the top of Mount Everest, where three separate groups were hit by a sudden storm, which claimed the lives of eight climbers. Part of this story was already told in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild, which was adapted into the 2007 feature starring Emile Hirsch. Sam Worthington is playing Guy Cotter, while Robin Wright is playing Peach, the wife of Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin).
Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) is directing from a script by William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Production is currently under way in Nepal on the base of Mount Everest, »
Universal Studios has confirmed that the release date will be moved from the originally-scheduled February 27, 2015 to the new date of September 18, 2015.
There has been no explanation offered for the delay.
Everest stars Gyllenhaal as the leader of an expedition that is marred by harsh weather and difficult terrain.
Gyllenhaal has said that he found inspiration from the determination of those stranded during the real-life Mount Everest trek. »
Entourage: The Movie
Rachel Dratch, Trevor St John, Wendy Moniz, Oona Laurence, Jeremy Shinder, Sonya Harum and Mike Faist have all joined the cast of "In the Family" filmmaker Patrick Wang's second directorial effort "The Grief of Others".
Based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen, the story centers on a couple who attempt to move on following the death of their baby. Filming begins in New York state in April. [Source: Screen]
Micah Hauptman ("Parker," "Silver Skies") has joined the cast of Baltasar Kormakur's currently filming action adventure drama "Everest" at Working Title and Universal. Hauptman will play filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears, »
- Garth Franklin
• Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will reprise their roles in the just-announced sequel to Ride Along. Tim Story will also return to direct the film for Universal with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi penning the script. The $25 million buddy comedy scored an A CinemaScore, broke January box office records, stayed in the top spot for three weekends in a row, and has already passed the coveted $100 million mark (its domestic total is currently resting at $116 million). They could start shooting the sequel as early as this summer. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
The action-adventure drama will recap the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead. Jason Clarke (pictured above) is playing Rob Hall with Jake Gyllenhaal as Scott Fischer, Josh Brolin as Beck Weathers and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen.
Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright also star. Producers are Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The increasingly prolific Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has promoted Tim Sullivan from development exec to director of development and Jessica Welch to production executive. She had been executive assistant at the company run by Randall Emmett and George Furla. This comes as the company follows Lone Survivor by financing/producing the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. Efof also just committed to finance Labor Of Love, marking a reteam of Sixth Sense‘s M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis, with Stuart Ford’s Im Global selling international at Berlin. They wrapped production on The Prince last month, and are getting close on the Tupac Shakur biopic, a film based on Hasbro’s Monopoly and Universal’s Everest. Related: Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films As for the promotions, Sullivan started at »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Microbudget thriller As Above, So Below will be released on August 15, 2014.
The Liam Neeson-starring crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones is scheduled for September 19, 2014, with Ouija following on October 24, 2014.
Universal Pictures firmed up some of its upcoming film slate with seven major releases scoring new dates. The list includes:
"As Above, So Below" on August 15th 2014. A psychological thriller tale about a team of explorers in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris.
"Everest" on February 27th 2015. Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal lead the story of two rival expeditions hit by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered during an ascent of Mount Everest.
- Garth Franklin
Adding to their already-impressive line-up for the next two years, Universal has officially announced release dates along with synopses for some of their most anticipated projects, including the recently-confirmed Pitch Perfect 2 and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Universal Pictures has announced a slew of release dates for some of its upcoming films, unveiling the first synopses for some highly anticipated pics (including the latest from Guillermo del Toro) in the process. Briefly: As Above, So Below – From Legendary Pictures, the psychological thriller directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) will open August 15, 2014. A Walk Among the Tombstones – The Liam Neeson/Dan Stevens thriller directed by Scott Frank will hit theaters September 19, 2014. Ouija – Universal’s adaptation of the popular board game produced by Michael Bay is slated for October 24, 2014. Everest – Director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) survival drama starring Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D February 27, 2015. Pitch Perfect 2 – The music-centered sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be aca-released May 15, 2015. Crimson Peak – From Legendary Pictures, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam, »
- Adam Chitwood
Universal also announced release dates for Liam Neeson’s “A Walk Among Tombstones,” which will bow on Sept. 19, 2014; “Ouija” for Oct. 24, 2014; and “Everest,” which is a co-production with Working Title, for Feb. 27, 2015.
Illumination also dated an untitled pets pic for Feb. 12, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
In other dating announcements, Universal Pictures has set Legendary Pictures’ horror film As Above, So Below for August 15 and Ouija for October 24.
Turning to 2015, Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D will go out on February 27, Pitch Perfect 2 to be directed by Elizabeth Banks on May 15 and Legendary Pictures and Universal’s gothic horror Crimson Peak on October 16.
The working title for the Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2016 Project 1 is now The Untitled Pets Project, which will open in 3D on February 12 2016. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Universal Pictures handed out a slew of new release dates today, most notably giving Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller Crimson Peak an October 16, 2015 release. As of now, the movie has no direct competition in that slot.
Mia Wasikowska is attached to star as Edith Cushing, who realizes that her new husband isn't the man he appears to be. Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Javier Botet and Emily Coutts are attached to star. Guillermo del Toro is directing from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, with production scheduled to begin next month at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The studio also issued a February 27, 2015 release date for Everest, which Baltasar Kormákur is directing. it is going up against Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds. Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke are attached to star in this drama, based on »
17 items from 2014
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