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Film News Roundup: Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Ad Astra’

7 August 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt in “Ad Astra,” Florence Pugh is cast opposite Chris Pine in “Outlaw King,” and more …

Casting

Ruth Negga has joined Brad Pitt in the sci-fi adventure “Ad Astra,” with James Grey directing from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross.

New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Bona Film Group are financing “Ad Astra.” Fox will distribute in the movie in all markets, aside from China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

The story centers on a man’s journey across a lawless solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner are producing through their Plan B company with Rt FeaturesRodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Mad River’s Marc Butan, and Rt Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing, along »

- Dave McNary

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Jon Favreau in Visual Effects Society honour

7 August 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directing credits include The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf.

Jon Favreau will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Ves Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Ves Awards on February 13, 2018.

Jon Favreau has introduced the reinvention of a new style of film that demands visual effects artists to push beyond the boundaries of what can and has been done before,” Ves board chair Mike Chambers said. “He has created exceptionally humanistic stories through his vision, unique approach to storytelling and full embrace of emerging technology to enhance the movie-going experience.  

“With this journeyman at the helm, having acted, written, directed and produced across many breakthrough projects, we expect to witness new kinds of entertainment from Jon that utilise VFX at its core and help redefine entertainment on a global level. For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Favreau’s director »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Faizon Love Dodges Jail Time for Airport Valet Attack

6 July 2017 3:16 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Faizon Love is getting off easy for his brutal beatdown of an airport valet ... as long as he's on his best behavior for a while. The comedian and actor pled no contest to misdemeanor assault, and got a suspended sentence of 180 days in the county jail -- meaning that Will be his punishment if he gets in trouble again over the next 2 years. He was also fined $500. [[tmz:video id="0_z1flikwv"]] TMZ broke the story ... the "Couples Retreat" and »

- TMZ Staff

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Will Ferrell still keen on Step Brothers sequel, but not Elf, Old School or Night at the Roxbury

4 July 2017 7:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live to promote his new film The House [read our reviews here and here], Will Ferrell has revealed that he’s still keen on a sequel to 2008’s Step Brothers.

After shooting down the possibility of sequels to Elf, Night at the Roxbury and Old School, Ferrell was asked whether he is keen on revisiting any of his past films, responding that: “We talked a little bit about Step Brothers and… so who knows. At the same time, you like to create new things.”

A sequel to Step Brothers has been rumoured for many years now, although back in February Ferrell seemed to rule out the possibility, stating that: “You have to resist the temptation. It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. I guess we’ll see, but as »

- Gary Collinson

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Step Brothers 2 May Happen, But Will Ferrell Says No to Elf 2

3 July 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Will Ferrell reveals that the only original movie that he and Adam McKay created together, that he would think about doing a sequel for, is Step Brothers. Ferrell is out promoting his new comedy The House, which unfortunately took a pretty big hit during its debut weekend. Critics were pretty brutal on the movie, some claiming that, while the movie has two great comedic stars, it has zero laughs. It may very well go down as Will Ferrell's weakest at the box office since 1999's Superstar. A lot of Ferrell's movies are torn up by critics, but later go on to cult status, which could very well be the case with The House.

Will Ferrell was recently on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen to promote The House. During the after show, Ferrell was asked by a fan about the possibility of a sequel for Elf and A Night at the Roxbury. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Step Brothers’ Sequel: Will Ferrell Says There’s Still a Chance for More Activities — Watch

2 July 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re hoping for a “Step Brothers” sequel, don’t give up hope just yet. Will Ferrell appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” a few nights ago, and as part of the After Show he fielded questions about follow-ups. It took him a while to get serious, of course: “I’ve got great news for you: no,” Ferrell responded after being asked about future installments of “Elf” and/or “Night at the Roxbury.”

After the actor also replied in the negative to “Old School,” Cohen asked whether there’s any movie Ferrell would like to see get a follow-up. He rubbed his chin for a bit before finally responding, “I’d love to see a sequel of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer.'”

Read More: Sony Plans to Release ‘Clean Versions’ of Movies Like ‘Step Brothers,’ And Seth Rogen Is Pissed Off About It

“We talked a little bit about ‘Step Brothers, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The House’ Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s Unfunny Comedy Is a Bizarre Endurance Test

30 June 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Anyone who thinks the house always wins hasn’t seen “The House.” Not that anyone who goes to see this movie, ostensibly a comedy but in reality a bizarre endurance test, wins either — Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s latest is a zero-sum game in which the odds are never in your favor.

After learning that the scholarship that was going to send their daughter to college no longer exists, the happily married couple played by Ferrell and Poehler do what any caring parents would do: start an illegal casino in their friend’s (Jason Mantzoukas) house. That most of the patrons they aim to get rich off of are their neighbors and friends never seems to be an issue, nor is it the source of either comedy or tension.

Read More: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler Make Crime Pay In First Trailer For ‘The House’ — Watch

What follows plays »

- Michael Nordine

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Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera To Headline YouTube Red’s Most Ambitious Series To Date

28 June 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

At VidCon last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that a forthcoming Step Up series adaptation would be among the most ambitious projects to date for Red, the company’s premium subscription service.

Now, several casting announcements have been made for Step Up: High Water -- a 10-episode drama based on the blockbuster dance movie franchise, which is slated to debut on YouTube Red this fall. The series will star singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera (Glee), and Faizon Love (Elf). It will follow a group of young dancer’s at Atlanta’s High Water Performing Arts School. Production is currently under way by Lionsgate in Atlanta, according to Variety.

Visit Tubefilter for more great stories. »

- Geoff Weiss

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‘Step Up: High Water’: Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera & Faizon Love To Topline YouTube Red Drama Series

28 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Step Up: High Water, YouTube Red’s new original drama series based on the film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office, has set its cast as production begins in Atlanta. Ne-Yo (The Wiz, World of Dance) joins series regulars Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat, Elf) to headline the series from YouTube and Lionsgate TV, set for debut on YouTube Red this fall. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who co-starred in the original Step Up… »

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Han Solo Firing Proves Studios’ Franchises Don’t Want Directors To Be Storytellers

23 June 2017 11:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oh, the irony: As TV creators seek inventive ways to adapt the visual language of cinema, Hollywood’s big-budget, big-screen movies are increasingly becoming more like television.

With serialized TV shows, control needs to be in the hands of writers and showrunners. That’s because the story is still unfolding and the production is built from episode to episode. The director can’t be the principal storyteller, which makes it challenging to put a premium on visual storytelling.

Read More: The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?

Those who run the Marvel Cinematic Universe might sympathize. When it launched in 2008, their choices of directors seemed like head scratchers for a big action film. In retrospect, they make perfect sense.

Swingers” writer and “Elf” director Jon Favreau was the perfect choice to improv with Robert Downey Jr. (remember, he wasn’t a star then »

- Chris O'Falt

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Remembering The Flash TV Series That Never Was

22 June 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If anything, this has certainly been an interesting week when it comes to superhero trivia. For example, not only have we learned nifty things such as Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher wishing he’d gotten the opportunity to direct a movie focused squarely on Arkham Asylum, but we’re also about to look back at a forgotten attempt to bring The Flash to the small screen.

By now, the current series’ reputation most certainly precedes it and many of you are no doubt aware of the show that featured John Wesley Shipp as the lead, which aired nearly three decades ago. But what you may not have heard about was when the now defunct WB network tried to bring the Scarlet Speedster to television back in 2003.

At that time, Smallville was still in its infancy and, while it’s fairly well known that those working in WB’s TV division were so close to bringing an Aquaman spinoff to fruition – and later Justice League, believe it or not – there were other DC properties they had their eye on, namely The Flash. In fact, Daily Variety broke the story the very same day Christian Bale was announced as having been cast as Batman.

Basically, Todd Komarnicki (Resistance, Elf) was tasked with writing and executive producing this drastically different take on the iconic hero that’d have seen him as a citizen of Gotham City who was fresh out of college. What’s more is that he wouldn’t have worn any type of slick costume, mirroring Smallville’s “no tights, no flights” mandate. These days, many would scoff at such a notion, but it’s important to remember that when this project was taking off, superheroes weren’t yet fully considered cool in the eyes of the mainstream (I’d argue that our current Golden Age didn’t kickoff until 2008 with the releases of The Dark Knight and Iron Man.)

Komarnicki had this to offer before the endeavor hit a dead end:

“This is a story about a guy who’s aimlessly drifting through life and barely moving at the speed of life when he discovers his calling is to move at the speed of light.”

What remains unclear to this day is who’d have taken on the mantle, be it Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart Allen. Based on what WB’s Carolyn Bernstein had to say though, it may have been one of the younger iterations:

“It’s a big, fun, adventure series. There’s also a mentor character who’ll train him, and there’s a legacy of Flashes before him.”

While it’s fun to ponder what could have been – also because time travel would’ve been a core element – it’s for the best this never took off because we would’ve never seen Smallville’s version of The Flash (Bart Allen), who was the first major DC hero to guest star on that series. Furthermore, the dominoes leading to the Arrowverse as we know it today likely wouldn’t have fallen, either. »

- Eric Joseph

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Brad Pitt Is a Big Fan of Watching Will Ferrell Movies With His Kids

22 June 2017 8:49 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Brad Pitt and his children share a bond over Will Ferrell movies!

Ferrell talked about celebs who have expressed their admiration for his films in a recent Facebook Live interview with EW, and shared the flattering comment he received from Pitt. Ferrell and Pitt both lent their voices to 2010's Megamind.

"Brad Pitt is another guy who's just like, 'I can't tell you how many of your movies we've just sat and watched with the »

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DC Film’s Jon Berg, Geoff Johns on Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and Sequel Plans (Exclusive)

20 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon Berg and Geoff Johns are riding high. The two men, whose job is to oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros., are basking in the glow of the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman.” Berg is a veteran producer whose credits include “Elf” and “Out of Time,” while Johns is deeply enmeshed in DC lore, having written for the likes of “Green Lantern” and “Aquaman” in addition to guiding the company’s television efforts.

They spoke with Variety about what’s next for “Wonder Woman,” their reaction to the poor reviews for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” and why there will be more female superheroes and villains in upcoming DC films.

Related

Inside Warner Bros. Pictures Chief Toby Emmerich’s Vision for the Studio and DC Universe

Why did audiences embrace “Wonder Woman”?

Berg: It’s a fun movie. It’s positive and optimistic. »

- Brent Lang

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Melissa McCarthy set for Christmas comedy Margie Claus

10 June 2017 4:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Melissa McCarthy is set to spread some festive cheer, with THR reporting that the actress has signed on to star in the festive family comedy Margie Claus, which is being directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

Described as “a broad holiday family musical” in the same spirit as Will Ferrell’s Elf, Margie Claus sees Santa going missing whilst delivering presents on Christmas Eve. His sweet wife Margie Claus must then put together an unlikely rescue team and set off from the North Pole for the first time in decades to rescue Santa and save Christmas.

Margie Claus is set for release on November 15th 2019, and will mark the third collaboration between McCarthy, Falcone and New Line after 2014’s Tammy and the upcoming Life of the Party, which opens on May 11th 2018. »

- Gary Collinson

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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

9 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.

There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive »

- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Why Marvel's Misfit-Filmmaker Gamble Works

8 May 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Another weekend, another blockbuster Marvel opening at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest episode in the company's cosmic-mercenaries saga, predictably crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $425 million globally and perpetuating the studio's multiplex dominance. If you're looking for a secret to the company's success, we'll direct you to a 2014 comment from GotG director James Gunn. "I made a decision early on that I wanted it to be a hundred percent a James Gunn movie and a hundred percent a Marvel movie," he said after the first film's release. »

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Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

20 April 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Opening in Beverly Hills on April 26 and continuing to May 3, the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will showcase contemporary and classic films highlighting the best in Jewish Cinema.Of the 27 films showing, 14 are Los Angeles premieres. One World Premiere, one North American Premiere and one U.S. Premiere make for some great discoveries.

An opportunity for film lovers to celebrate the rich tapestry of Jewish history, Jewish heritage and Jewish characters, the Opening Night Red Carpet Reception at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills evening will honor one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved figures, Ed Asner, with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary “My Friend Ed”, directed by Sharon Baker and executive produced by Liza Asner.

For his distinguished body of work as an actor, and for his relentless commitment to activism and to preserving Jewish life.

Ed Asner

You know him best as Lou Grant, »

- Sydney Levine

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Actor Faizon Love Facing Assault Charges Following Airport Incident

9 March 2017 9:49 AM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Actor Faizon Love, known for his role in Elf,  is facing assault charges after an incident broke out at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Faizon Love Facing Charges After Airport Brawl A video camera allegedly caught the 48-year-old comedian attacking airport valet Terrence Artis Gaines II, 24, near baggage claim. “There were some words exchanged, whatever, maybe […]

  Source: uInterview

The post Actor Faizon Love Facing Assault Charges Following Airport Incident appeared first on uInterview. »

- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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Faizon Love Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge After Incident in Ohio

8 March 2017 7:28 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Faizon Love, the actor best known for his role in Elf opposite Will Ferrell, pleaded not guilty in an Ohio court on Wednesday morning after he allegedly attacked an airport employee.

Love, 48, was arrested and held in the Franklin County jail on Tuesday night and later charged with assault after he argued with a John Glenn Columbus International Airport valet, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Love’s reps were not immediately available for comment.

The actor and comedian, who has been living in Columbus, Ohio, for about a year and a half, was released on $2,000 bond, the Dispatch reports.

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- Alexia Fernandez

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The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon prequel is going ahead

2 March 2017 11:54 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 14, 2017

The Big Bang Theory prequel all about Sheldon Cooper has been picked up for a full season...

The Big Bang Theory's prequel series, which is set to focus on the early life of Dr Sheldon Cooper, has officially been picked up for a full season.

Jim Parsons will executive produce the show for CBS, and we've also found out today who will direct the pilot: none other than Iron Man, Chef, The Jungle Book and Elf helmsman John Favreau

Deadline broke the news of Favreau's appointment and the full season order, as well as dropping some interesting info nuggets: Parsons, the original Sheldon actor, will narrate show; Lance Barber has been cast as Sheldon's dad; and the series will probably air side by side with The Big Bang Theory in autumn.

Iain Armitage, who will soon be seen on Sky Atlantic in Big Little Lies, »

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