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Exclusive: Gearing up to start production in Europe early next year, MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov have made their first formal casting in Ben-Hur. They’ve set Morgan Freeman to play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
The studios are getting close to finding their Judah Ben-Hur and his friend-turned-bitter-rival Messala. I’ve reported that Tom Hiddleston was one of those being courted, and at this point it’s not clear if he will take part. They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based more closely on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ – the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind — than the 1959 William Wyler-directed film that starred Charlton Heston. Keith Clarke wrote the script and John Ridley did the rewrite. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Yesterday Jim Carrey gave us a sneak peek at a new poster for the upcoming comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To, and now two one sheets have been officially released, which parody the poster for Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy…
Dumb and Dumber To reunites Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as Lloyd and Harry, and co-stars Kathleen Turner (The Virgin Suicides), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), Steve Tom (The Campaign), Rachel Melvin (Days of Our Lives) and Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) alongside the returning Cam Neely (Sea Bass) and Brady Bluhm (Billy in 4C). The film is set for release on November 14th in the States and December 19th in the UK. Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
Jim Carrey has taken to WhoSay to release a new promotional poster for the upcoming sequel Dumb and Dumber To, which parodies the tag-line and one-sheet for Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy. Check it out…
Released on November 14th in the USA and a month later on UK Shores, Dumb and Dumber To reunites Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as Lloyd and Harry, and co-stars Kathleen Turner (The Virgin Suicides), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), Steve Tom (The Campaign), Rachel Melvin (Days of Our Lives) and Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) alongside the returning Cam Neely (Sea Bass) and Brady Bluhm (Billy in 4C). Watch the trailer here.
- Gary Collinson
Election results for the Academy's Board of Governors have been revealed for 2014-2015, yielding five first-timers and eight reelected incumbents. Additionally, four previous governors are returning to the Board. First-timers include Kate Amend (Documentary Branch), Daniel R. Fellman (Executives Branch), "Nebraska" producer Albert Berger (Producers Branch), Bob Rogers (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) and "Aladdin" and "The Fifth Element" sound editor Mark Mangini (Sound Branch). Reelected are actress Annette Bening (Actors Branch), Lora Kennedy (Casting Directors Branch), "Inception" costumer Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designers Branch), "Green Hornet" and "2 Guns" editor Michael Tronick (Film Editors Branch), Leonardo DiCaprio's hair stylist Kathryn Blondell (Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch), Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Public Relations Branch) and "Field of Dreams" writer/director Phil Robinson (Writers Branch). Governors returning after a hiatus are "Passion of the Christ" director of photography Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographers Branch), "Glory" and "Blood Diamond" director Edward Zwick (Directors »
- Kristopher Tapley
You would be forgiven for not instantly recognising the name The Incredible Mr Limpet. It comes from a novel – ‘Mr Limpet’ – written by Theodore Pratt in 1942, about a shy bookkeeper falling off a pier and turning into a fish. Unfazed, he embarks on a life assisting the Us Navy in locating Nazi U-boats during World War II. The novel was adapted into a film in 1964, with Don Knotts in the title role, Arthur Lubin as director, and the story presented in a mix of live-action and animation. Now, phenomenal filmmaker Richard Linklater is bringing Limpet back to the big screen, and it all sounds very exciting.
This re-make has been in development at Warner Bros, in various forms, for some time. An attempt at production in the 1990s had Jim Carrey in the lead role and Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty) calling the shots. After apparently spending time and money on animation tests, »
- Sarah Myles
After the first trailer was released online just over a week ago, a second trailer for the Farrelly brothers’ sequel Dumb & Dumber To has been “snuck” online, featuring some new footage from the anticipated release. You can view the new trailer with new footage below….
Anticipation is high for the new film (check out the Flickering Myth reactions here), and as the new trailer hit, The Hollywood Reporter has broke the news that the original trailer, which debuted on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last Tuesday, has had over 23.5 million views on YouTube since its debut. Now this may not be a accurate assessment of the films box office potential this Christmas, but it does show that despite mixed reactions, the public seem eager to see the sequel. In comparison, the second most watched trailer The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, managed 3.4 million hits [watch that trailer here].
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- Scott Davis
20 years after “charming” audiences in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen, Harry and Lloyd are back this Christmas for the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To. Last night, stars Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Looper) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to debut the first trailer for the film, which you can view below…
Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly once more, Dumb and Dumber To is set 20 years after the events of the first film, with Lloyd and Harry setting out on another road trip, this time to find the child Harry never knew existed from his past relationship with Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner, The War of the Roses, Body Heat). A daughter as it turns out, and one who happens to be quite the beauty, igniting Lloyd’s loins once more. Queue a whole of comedy, from »
- Scott Davis
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of Luis Bunuel’s films can be viewed as attacks on the church, but they aren’t literally about Christianity; therefore, they won’t be included. So, on this list, we’ll look at as many different faiths as possible (though, there are obviously a lot more movies about Christianity than any other religion). We’ll even dabble into cults and sects that don’t really exist. Final rule: no documentaries. We’re keeping this fictional.
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- Joshua Gaul
Morgan Freeman has one of the biggest movies in the world, a pilot with CBS, and a Science Channel TV show returning with a special on Wednesday night and a new season later this year. So when you talk to Freeman, which TheWrap did earlier this week, there is a lot of ground to cover. First things first: “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” is back, and it's tackling on a pretty big topic: God. Freeman knows a little something about God, having portrayed him in “Bruce Almighty” — a role that his demeanor and voice made him perhaps born to. »
- Tony Maglio
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
It's easy to forget that, two decades ago, Jim Carrey was just a talented TV sketch comedian who'd been trying for a decade to break into films. (Remember his roles in "Peggy Sue Got Married," "The Dead Pool," or "Earth Girls Are Easy"? Didn't think so.) But then came "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (released 20 years ago this week, on February 4, 1994), in which Carrey starred as a hyperactive sleuth tasked with finding the Miami Dolphins' kidnapped mascot, and suddenly, he was an A-list box office draw.
Critics didn't think much of the puerile Ace, whose favorite gag was talking through his butt cheeks. But audiences loved him, enough to make Carrey an overnight star after 10 years of trying, and enough to put the film on permanent rotation on basic cable for the next 20 years.
Still, as many times as you've seen "Ace Ventura," there's probably a lot you don't know about »
- Gary Susman
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
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