20 items from 2012
Oh, dear. Miss Venezuela has become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons, due to her bizarre bumbling at the Miss Universe competition.
On Dec. 19, Olivia Culpo brought home the crown at the Miss Universe pageant, winning the title for USA for the first time in over a decade. But, alas, her success is being overshadowed by another contestant: Irene Sofia Esser Quintero - also known as Miss Venezuela – who’s bizarre ramblings have made her an internet sensation!
Miss Venezuela’s Pageant Interview: Her Strange Answer
Now, my pageant knowledge stems mostly from films such as Miss Congeniality and Drop Dead Gorgeous, but it’s safe to assume there is lots of backstage bitching, backstabbing and various attempts of sabotage. But Irene took sabotage to a whole new level. Instead of doing something cliche like trying to trip up her opponents, or poison them, or tamper with her »
- Eleanore Hutch
Say what you will about the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but it's worth a viewing, at least so you can argue about it knowledgeably. Like it or love it, just don't sit it out.
The Sundance Film Festival crowd pleaser follows little Hushpuppy's journey after losing her father. Quvenzhané Wallis generated Oscar buzz with her sweet performance as the six-year-old protagonist. Wallis' Hushpuppy struggles to maintain her innocence and prevent grief from hardening her as she faces the outside world following sheltered beginnings in the Louisiana bayou.
In the vein of "Best In Show" meets "Drop Dead Gorgeous," Jennifer Garner battles it out in a cut-throat butter carving competition with a neighbor's adopted little girl, who is aided by Olivia Wilde as a stripper sleeping with Garner's on-screen husband, Ty Burrell. The film debuted last »
You On Demand, China's leading Pay-Per-View and VOD platform, has reached a licensing agreement with Screen Media Ventures to distribute the company's films via transactional VOD and subscription VOD. The deal creates another pathway for independent films to reach China, including "Drop Dead Gorgeous," a satire on beauty pageants starring Kirsten Dunst; Leonardo DiCaprio's breakout performance opposite Johnny Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; "Where The Heart Is," starring Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman; the rom-com "Music From Another Room," which stars Jude Law and Gretchen Mol; and Mike Myers' popular spy parody "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." Screen Media now joins Warner Bros., Disney Media, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Miramax, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, Film Buff, K2 Communications, 3net and Big Mama Digital Entertainment as content »
- Todd Perkins
Reuniting the writer and director of Calendar Girls The Wedding Video is a mockumentary take on the traditional wedding rom-com genre, with a lot of the film being shot by Rufus Hound, making his feature acting debut for Nigel Cole’s latest film.
He appears as the wayward Raif, brother to Robert Webb’s Tim whose nuptials he plans to film and give to the new bride and groom as a present. Things, as you would expect, do not go to plan.
Last September I visited Basildon Park in West Berkshire as it played host to a series of small but significant social disasters caught on camera by Raif and others and there was the hectic air familiar to both movie sets and wedding ceremonies.
I sat down with the writer Tim Firth in a small room housing several back staircases one could imagine playing host to an unending procession of staff and caterers. »
- Jon Lyus
With her model looks and girl-next-door attitude, Denise Richards made a name for herself in the '90s as eye candy in "Starship Troopers," "Wild Things" and the James Bond outing "The World is Not Enough." She's acted in several comedies since proving her knack for them with "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and she continues that streak with this week's Tyler Perry vehicle "Madea's Witness Protection."
Richards plays Kate, the younger second wife of Eugene Levy's George Needleman. When George gets inadvertently embroiled in a Ponzi scheme, their wealthy family enters the protection of the working class and Very volatile Madea (Perry). We recently talked to the still stunning 41-year-old Richards about improvising with Levy and whether Perry maintains his Madea persona while directing.
When you see someone of your age with someone of Eugene's age, the first thing you think is "trophy wife," but you played Kate very reasonable and sympathetic. »
- Max Evry
Even while actor Chris Pine floats around space thanks to the production of helmer J.J. Abrams' “Star Trek 2,” it would look as if he’s lining up his next projects once he returns from the Enterprise deck. One option could be that he takes the role of the Tom Clancy-created character Jack Ryan for another spin at Paramount, which we’re not really sure we want to see, but it seems he could take an altogether more promising route that offers him work both in front of, and for the first time, behind the camera.
Deadline has word that Pine is serving as both co-writer and star of the independent comedy “Mantivities” for the Waterstone Entertainment banner, with a script by Pine and a literal army of his bros, including Will Greenberg, Drew Howerton, Robert Baker, Ian Gotler and Tony Liebetrau. “Reno 911” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous” helmer »
- Benjamin Wright
Chris Pine ( Star Trek , This Means War ) is set to star in the upcoming comedy Mantivities , Deadline reports. What's more, Pine co-wrote the screenplay for the project alongside Robert Baker, Ian Gotler, Will Greenberg, Drew Howerton and Tony Liebetrau. The plot is said to concern a group of 30-somethings who band together to help one of their number move into maturity. Michael Patrick Jann ( Drop Dead Gorgeous ) will direct for Waterstone Entertainment with Pine himself, Sarah Babineau, Stephen Bowen, Steven Garcia, Jordan Foley and Jeff Kalligheri producing. (Photo Credit: Judy Eddy / WENN.com) »
• Chris Pine will star in Mantivities, a comedy he co-wrote with pals (and fellow actors) Will Greenberg (Modern Family), Robert Baker (Grey’s Anatomy), Ian Gotler (The Lxd), Anthony Liebetrau, and Drew Howerton, about an ex-child star spurred into taking hold of his life by a bunch of his buddies. Michael Patrick Jann (Drop Dead Gorgeous) will direct. [Screen Daily]
• Amy Adams is in talks to star in Dark Places, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller about a woman who is confronted by a group of amateur crime investigators about the murder of her family when she was seven years old. »
- Adam B. Vary
Can you believe Kirsten Dunst turns 30 today?The actress has grown up in front of the cameras, getting her first big break in 1994 as the eternally young "Claudia" opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in "Interview with the Vampire" when she was only 12 years old.Since then she's done killer comedies like "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Bring It On" and more serious fare like "The Virgin Suicides," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and most recently "Melancholia."She also had her biggest role to date playing Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" movies.While Claudia was doomed to be a child forever, Dunst has drastically changed through the years -- see what she and her co-stars all look like today in the gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Following on from last week’s creepy poster debut, Eduardo Sanchez’ psychological-horror Lovely Molly has very intense new trailer. The film, helmed by The Blair Witch Project co-director Sanchez, has that groundbreaking feature’s trademark fingerprints all over this film from the look of this trailer.
Making her acting debut as the troubled, aforementioned title character is Gretchen Lodge, who looks destined for big things. Joining her will be Drop Dead Gorgeous scene-stealer Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Daniel Ross, Katie Foster and Ken Arnold. Sanchez also co-wrote Lovely Molly alongside Jamie Nash.
The film currently has no release date scheduled for the UK but will be in Us cinemas 18th May.
- Craig Hunter
Zombie-survival is the newest merit badge! Back in December of 2010, we shared the news with you about Paramount Pictures picking up a horror/comedy titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, written by College Road Trip scribes Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki.
Now, THR reports that Etan Cohen is in negotiations to direct this Goonies-esque project. Cohen, best known for his writing in comedy with such films as Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy, will make his directorial debut with this story about a Boy Scout troop endeavoring to save a girl scout troop from a zombie outbreak.
Boy Scouts vs. Zombies will be produced by Andy Fickman and Betsy Sullenger of Oops Doughnuts Productions and Todd Garner of Broken Road Productions, and Bryan Brucks of Brucks Entertainment with Sean Robins of Broken Road executive producing. Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous) will be crafting a new draft of the script under Cohen’s keen comedic eye. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Men in Black III writer Etan Cohen will be making his directorial debut for Paramount with the horror-comedy Boy Scouts vs. Zombies according to THR. The script was featured on the 2010 Black List (the most popular unproduced screenplays) and writers Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki penned the zomcom, which centers on a troop of young Scouts who try to save a group of Girl Scouts from zombies. Le duh. Yes, it's another literal-minded title that gives you the plot in just a few words, but Hollywood's been hot on that — and zombies —lately. Cohen is a much-loved screenwriter, having worked with Mike Judge and Ben Stiller on films like Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder. He'll be supervising Drop Dead Gorgeous writer Lona Williams, who will pen a new draft of the killer...
- Alison Nastasi
Screenwriter Etan Cohen has spent the past few years co-writing comedies like Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy as well as taking a turn on the script for Men in Black III. Now he's ready to make his directorial debut.
THR reports that Cohen is in negotiations to direct the horror-comedy Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, which has a plot that sounds exactly like the title suggests, with a boy scout troop trying to save a group of girl scouts from zombies.
The script, written by College Road Trip screenwriters Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki, was on the 2010 Black List of Hollywood's most-liked — but unproduced — screenplays. Cohen is going to supervise a new draft from Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Andy Fickman (You Again) was previously attached to direct, but will now produce the movie for Paramount Pictures, who will distribute once the movie is finished.
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- Ryan Gowland
If 'Ninjas vs. Zombies' didn't grab you. If 'Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies' seems a little out there. And if 'Cockneys vs Zombies' just isn't going to be your cup of tea. Then why not try Paramount's 'Boy Scouts vs. Zombies'? Yes it seems just about anyone can go up against the undead these days and it appears that 'Men in Black III' and 'Madagascar 2' scribe Etan Cohen is in negotiations to make his directorial debut with the new horror-comedy for the studio. Cohen would helm from a script penned by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki ('College Road Trip') which would mark his first feature as director. Lona Williams ('Drop Dead Gorgeous') has been tapped to provide a redraft. So I wonder how many Boy Scout woodland skills will be utilised in offing the dead? Whatever happens this does sound like one hell of a good project. »
In the past few years, popular culture has pitted zombies against increasingly ludicrous foes such as Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennet and Jesse Eisenberg. Next in line for some tongue-in-cheek dueling with the undead: the Boy Scouts of America. And today, Heat Vision brings news that Boy Scouts vs. Zombies will mark the directorial debut of Etan Cohen, long-time King of The Hill scribe and writer of big-screen fare like Tropic Thunder and the forthcoming Men in Black 3. Described as a horror-comedy, the Paramount project will center on a group of boy scouts saving a group of girl scouts from…well, you know. Suggested tagline: “They weren’t prepared for this.” Hit the jump for more. The original script, from Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki, made the 2010 Hollywood Blacklist, which tracks the industry’s best unproduced screenplays. Drop Dead Gorgeous writer Lona Williams has been tapped to do a second draft. »
- Matt Currie
The story centers on a troop that must save a group of girl scouts from a pack of zombies who have designs on ruining their camping trip.
- Garth Franklin
Back in December of 2010, we reported that Paramount had snagged the rights to Boy Scouts Vs. Zombies, a screenplay in the vein of Goonies about a local boy scout troop that must save the local girl scout troop from a zombie outbreak on an overnight camping trip. The script was written by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki and made 2010's Black List. And now it appears as though Tropic Thunder and Men In Black scribe Etan Cohen is set to make his directorial debut with the material. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Etan Cohen, one of the town's hottest comedy scribes, is in negotiations to make his directorial debut on Paramount's horror-comedy 'Boy Scouts vs. Zombies'." The article also mentions that Cohen will supervise the writing of a new draft by Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous) »
Given that the last time it had the buzz-o-meter needle fluctuating was 2010, we were beginning to wonder if horror comedy Boy Scouts Vs Zombies had slipped back into the murk of development hell to wait out the current undead trend. Paramount thought otherwise, however, as Tropic Thunder co-writer Etan Cohen is now attached to direct it. As you might just be able to guess from the title, Boy Scouts finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving types on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, and now Cohen will coordinate a new draft with Drop Dead Gorgeous writer Lona Williams. »
The trailer for Bernie was just released by Yahoo!, allowing us to witness Jack Black’s first attempt to slowly crawling out of the hole that has become his live-action film career. (I’ll exempt the animated Kung Fu Panda and its sequel.) He’s in good hands with Richard Linklater, the director who gave him his most popular role in School of Rock, and the film definitely lives up to its promotion as a dark comedy. What surprises me most, however, is its style – the footage plays out like a mockumentary, with the folksy characters directly addressing the camera as they discuss the strange relationship between Black’s good-natured mortician and a crabby widow (Shirley MacLaine). It reminds me of the very funny 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous, including the small-town setting and murder theme.
Besides Black, the 77-year-old MacLaine seems feisty as ever, but I’m most impressed by Matthew McConaughey, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Get ready for a Godly showdown on Raising Hope: EW has learned exclusively that Vivica A. Fox is shooting a guest role for the Fox comedy that will find her going head-to-head with Garret Dillahunt, who plays Burt, the patriarch of the show’s Chance family.
Fox’s character is named Sarah Louise and plays a fervent church goer that heads up the Heavenly Helpers committee at church. Sarah Louise’s position is up for election, and Burt decides to throw his hat into the ring against her, with the help of his wacky family, to hilarious results. As »
- Tanner Stransky
20 items from 2012
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