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Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.
Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »
- Dave McNary
Now that Sony Pictures and Marvel are finally joining forces on a new Spider-Man movie, fans have been voicing their pleasure and displeasure with the news of a third Spidey reboot in 15 years. Tom Holland has signed on to play Peter Parker, with the studios offering Marisa Tomei the Aunt May role. One person we haven't heard from yet regarding this new web-slinger is director Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. While promoting his upcoming Starz TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead at Comic-Con, the director told MTV that he thought Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were "great," and expressed his excitement that the studios are bringing Peter Parker back to high school.
"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. »
Extry, extry, read all about it! These exclusive Jaws-inspired Fright Rags shirts will be available to pre-order this Wednesday. Also: an excerpt from Rhonda Mason's The Empress Game and details on the new MTV series The Shannara Chronicles.
Fright Rags Jaws T-Shirts: These exclusive Fright Rags shirts were designed by artists Justin Osbourn, Paul Shipper, Abrar Ajmal, and David Moscati. Inspired by the film Jaws, this collection will be available to pre-order on Wednesday, July 15th at 10 Am Est.
These shirts are limited and are subject to possibly selling out during the pre-order period.
Consult the Fright Rags website for more details.
The Empress Game: "‘Power, grace, deadliness defined. Always cunning, endlessly victorious’.
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled: that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat. »
- Tamika Jones
MTV today announced that its forthcoming epic fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles will premiere in January 2016. The network made the announcement during the first-ever Comic-Con panel for the series, which is based on author Terry Brooks' international best-selling novels. Production for The Shannara Chronicles wrapped last month in New Zealand.
Brooks, who serves as an executive producer, appeared on the panel along with the cast of "The Shannara Chronicles" in its first-ever public appearance - Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Robert Butler, Poppy Drayton and John Rhys-Davies - as well as series Executive Producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The Q&A session was moderated by TV Guide Magazine Senior Writer, Damian Holbrook.
Fans can stop by MTV's booth (#3729) on the convention center all weekend to pick up a special, limited edition of "The Elfstones of Shannara," complete with a one-of-a-kind Comic-Con book jacket. Additionally, John Rhys-Davies, Manu Bennett »
Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.
Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!
I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »
- Jerry Smith
Ever since the release of 1991's groundbreaking visual effects spectacle "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," folks have been wondering and debating: is the sequel actually better than the original movie? Both have their defenders, though "T2" falls into that rare category of sequels ("The Godfather Part II," "Aliens," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Evil Dead II," "Spider-Man 2," et al.) that are generally upheld as either equal or superior to their predecessors. So which is the better movie? This week seems like the perfect time to re-hash the question. Will you vote for the lean, mean original or its bigger-budget, CGI-enhanced sequel? Hot tip: if you think "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is superior to both of those, please don't ever leave your house again. Vote below as if your future depended on it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Remember those Independence Day weekends at the box office when records were set? Well, this weekend isn’t going to be one of them. At the high end of the July 4 holiday, you have former titans such as Paramount’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon raking in $180.7M over six days in 2011 or Sony’s Spider-Man 2 posting a six-day bow of $180.1M in 2004. However, label this weekend as another case of too-close-to-call. It couldn’t be worse with Independence Day falling on a… »
Those who have been clamouring to have a big screen solo adventure for Black Widow might just have to wait a little bit longer, because according to Kevin Fiege, The Wasp could be a major part of the McU.
Speaking at a press event for Ant-Man, Feige talked about The Wasp and her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We have plans for her in the future,” he said. “And we see that not-so-subtly in this film [Ant-Man].”
- Luke Owen
Perhaps like Christopher Nolan's take on Batman, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies (okay, except the third one), have set a pretty high bar for everyone's favorite webslinger. Try as they did, Sony, Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield couldn't get the mix right on the failed "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, but Marvel is now getting their crack at Peter Parker, and honcho Kevin Feige knows that he's got a big job ahead. “We’re going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films… I think 'Spider-Man 2' is one of the best superhero movies ever, so that’s a lot to live up to,” he told SuperHeroHype. But just how will this new iteration of Spider-Man differ? Well, as has been rumored for the past couple of months, Feige and co. will be drawing on the influence of one of key portraitists of young adult life. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, discussions about the character have been the number one topic of conversation for Kevin Feige. But it seems as though the Marvel head honcho is on the same page as most of the Internet in his preference of Spider-Man movies.
“Right now, it’s all about producing the new stand-alone Spider-Man movie,” Feige told Superhero Hype. “That’s what Sony is focused on. That’s what we’re focused on, and whatever happened before that or after that, sort of remains to be seen, but it’s all about producing the best Spider-Man movie we can, certainly within the Sony Universe… We’re going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films… I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero movies ever, so that’s a lot to live up to.”
Peter Parker/Spider-Man will be »
- Luke Owen
SuperHeroHype spoke with Feige who only had good things to say about the partnership:
"We're producing that movie for Sony and in partnership with Amy Pascal, so it's been going through the same process of any other Marvel film would, and it's been great. Tom Rothman at Sony has been very supportive in the decisions and obviously the two big ones we announced this week."
Would any of the previous Spider-Man films inspire the upcoming one?
Will Spider-Man villains making appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? »
- Garth Franklin
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
After what seems like one of the longest casting processes in a while, Marvel and Sony have settled on the next actor to play Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. The search literally took months, involved names both expected and unexpected, but finally concluded yesterday. Putting on the costume will be young Tom Holland, while stepping behind the camera will be Jon Watts. Not familiar with either of those names that Marvel Cinematic Universe godfather Kevin Feige saw fit to hire? Fear not, as I’ll give you the rundown on who they are below, along with who they beat out for their plum new gigs in each case. First up, I should remind you where the character has gone before. We’re getting our third incarnation of Spidey, with Tobey Maguire as Peter in the first three films that Sony put out (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3 »
- Joey Magidson
As Brad wrote yesterday, Jurassic World did better over its second weekend than initial estimates indicated, raking in $106.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday frame to wrest the crown for best second weekend from Marvel's The Avengers, which pulled in $103.1 million during its second weekend back in 2012. Impressive, yes, but that is far from the only record Universal's latest dino adventure has toppled over the course of its box office run. Through Sunday, Jurassic World has made a whopping $402.8 million at the domestic box office, making it Universal's highest grossing movie ever (not accounting for inflation) and also the fastest film to cross the $400 million mark after doing so in just 10 days of release. The previous film to hold that record was, you guessed it, The Avengers, which isn't a surprise, but perhaps it will surprise you to learn that it took Joss Whedon's superhero team-up a full 14 days to hit that mark, »
- Jordan Benesh
Jurassic World continued its rampage at the box office on Monday, biting off $25.6 million to score the biggest nonholiday Monday of all time in North America. From Universal and Legendary, the $150 million tentpole devoured the previous record set in 2008 by The Dark Knight ($24.5 million). Jurassic World's take was also the third-highest-grossing Monday of all time behind Spider-Man 2 ($27.8), which opened over July Fourth weekend in 2004, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which grossed $26.8 million on Memorial Day proper in 2008. Jurassic World,
- Pamela McClintock
That “Jurassic World” explosion at the box office isn’t over yet. Universal’s dynamic dinos rolled to a whopping $25 million on Monday, according to early estimates. That comes on the heels of a spectacular debut weekend in which the sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 sci-fi classic shattered domestic ($208 million), foreign ($315 million) and worldwide ($524 million) records. If Monday’s early numbers are accurate, “Jurassic World” will have posted the third- or fourth-largest Monday ever, behind 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” at $27.6 million, 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” at $26.7 million and right around “Pirates of the »
- Todd Cunningham
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