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While a presidential run is still years in the making, Lindsay Lohan is getting busy on the set of her first film in years. The 29-year-old child star teased fans with news of an upcoming movie, The Shadow Within, when she shared a close-up selfie on her Instagram account Tuesday. "My first day on my new film!!!! Will be sending a sneak peak of my character this week #theshadowwithin," the actress wrote of her latest project while sporting a bright lip and seemingly damp hair. While the former Disney star had a series of blockbuster hits in the earliest years of her career, including The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, her career noticeably came »
Bad Santa was one of those great dark comedies whose legacy lives on. It took its title, and its premise, and totally delivered on it. As it stands, it probably doesn't need a sequel. It can live on as its own nasty treat, and a piece of ideal counter-programming, for the holidays. But that hasn't stopped Broad Green Pictures from putting together a follow-up. Billy Bob Thornton has agreed to return, as have original cast members Tony Cox and Brett Kelly. The newest piece of the puzzle fell into place recently when it was announced that the film had found its director.
Mark Waters, perhaps best known for his two Lindsay Lohan collaborations, Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, has been tapped to shepherd Bad Santa back to the big screen. The project is being fast-tracked, with the hope that it will be released during next year's holiday season. As such, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Miramax and Broad Street Pictures are finally getting the ball rolling on Bad Santa 2, as the studios have just found the film’s director and finalized deals with two original cast members from 2003’s Bad Santa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mean Girls director Mark Waters is officially on board for the sequel, while Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, who played Marcus and Thurman Merman in Bad Santa, will reprise their roles alongside Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie.
In addition to Mean Girls, Waters has directed a wide array of films aimed at both children and teens, including Freaky Friday, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Vampire Academy. Bad Santa was a rather raunchy R-rated comedy, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the shift in target audience.
While Bad Santa was by no means a box office blockbuster, it did end up making over three times its budget, »
- Justin Cook
Sierra/Affinity will handle foreign sales with starting at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Wednesday. Principal photography will commence in January in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million domestically on a budget of $23 million. Thornton, who came on to the project last week, was seen on season one of FX’s “Fargo” and appears in Warner Bros.’ “Our Brand is Crisis.”
- Dave McNary
When bringing Billy Bob Thornton back for a Bad Santa sequel, you might as well recruit a director who has a "mean" history of their own. Mark Waters, best known for directing Mean Girls, has landed the gig to helm Bad Santa 2 for Broad Green Pictures and Miramax. The Freaky Friday filmmaker will lead Willie Stokes through the next chapter of his life, but he won't have to do so alone,... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Mark Waters is getting in the holiday spirit. The Mean Girls and Freaky Friday filmmaker will direct Bad Santa 2, the sequel to the 2003 raucous comedy that grossed $76.5 million at the global box office. Broad Green Pictures announced last week it has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce the movie alongside Miramax, with Billy Bob Thornton returning in the title role (the actor has long wanted to make the follow-up). In addition to the news about Waters, original castmembers Tony Cox and Brett Kelly have closed deals to return. Broad Green will release Bad
- Pamela McClintock
Body swap comedies seem to write themselves, don’t they? A person switches bodies or ends up younger/older than they truly are and hilarity is bound to ensue. This is certainly true of genre classics such as Big and Freaky Friday, but what many recent films in this bizarrely popular sub-genre have failed to address is the dramatic impact of such an event. Miss Granny, under the direction of Hwang Dong Hyuk, attempts to mix both elements at their absolute broadest and gives us a surprisingly successful effort.
The set-up is very simple, Oh Mal Soon (Na Moon Hee) is an elderly lady with a penchant for speaking her mind and causing trouble. Hwang, having directed two previous films looking at the family unit, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."
Another valentine to the ’80s, “Red Oaks” is a series without many original beats, but which nevertheless assembles its familiar ones in a pretty digestible package. Mashing up “The Graduate,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Caddyshack” into one big bowl of borsht, this Amazon dramedy focuses on a college-age guy at life’s invariable crossroads, trying to figure out what he wants – and doesn’t – while working as an assistant tennis pro at the local country club. Although the writing commits some unforced errors, where else can boomers find a show featuring Exile’s “I Wanna to Kiss You All Over” on its soundtrack?
David Meyers (Craig Roberts, betraying none of his British origins) is a Jewish student at Nyu living in suburban New Jersey, who, in the opening sequence, is hitting balls with his father (Richard Kind) when dad suffers a heart attack. Thinking he’s headed to the great beyond, »
- Brian Lowry
How's this for a freaky Monday?! It seems like yesterday when we first watched Lindsay Lohan try not to strangle her big-screen brother in Disney's Freaky Friday. But more than 12 years after the film became a huge hit, we've found out the irresistible sibling played by Ryan Malgarini has grown up into a mature, handsome young man. At 23 years young, Malgarini is still acting and most recently starred in the TV series Resident Advisors. He also scored roles in Mike & Molly and Bones. This past summer, he traveled to the Los Angeles and Cleveland International Film Festival where his film The Young Kieslowski collected a number of awards. After all of these years, however, »
Are we seeing double? Jamie Lee Curtis showed up to the 2015 Emmys in a sultry black, long-sleeved evening gown which immediately reminded us of something similar the star wore 26 years ago. On Jan. 1, 1989, Lee Curtis showed up on the Emmys red carpet on the arm of Brendan Fraiser wearing a dead-ringer for her 2015 Emmys frock. Back then, the Freaky Friday actress wore the look with gold hoop earrings and a circular black clutch. Now, Lee Curtis’ dress has more of a fit-and-flare design, [...] »
The studio picked up movie rights to Rachel Renee Russell’s book series last year. There are nine installments of “Dork Diaries” with over 21 million copies in print.
The story centers on 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell dealing with friends and enemies at a new school. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing’s Aladdin imprint published the books, starting with “Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life” in 2009.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
The Portland Film Festival has partnered with the local chapter of Women in Film and the global event #directedbyWomen, the 15-day worldwide film viewing party highlighting female directors and their work from September 1-15. The third annual Portland Film Festival, which runs from September 1-7, showcased some of the films from #directedbywomen, including Heather de Michele's "As Good As You," Dana Nachman's "Batkid Begins," Lauren Shaw's "Angkor's Children" and Gabrielle Demeestere's "Yosemite." Local Portland producer Lara Cuddy has three films in the festival, including opening night film "Birds of Neptune," directed by Steven Richter. Cuddy was represented on the Women in Film panel at the festival, which also included veteran screenwriter Leslie Dixon ("Freaky Friday," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Limitless"), director Megan Griffiths ("Lucky Them," "Eden," "The Off »
- Paula Bernstein
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Lindsay Lohan is a bare-faced beauty! The actress took to Instagram over the weekend, where she showed off her adorable freckles while going makeup-free. In the candid snap, the 29-year-old "Mean Girls" alum poses in a blue lace bikini top with her hair loosely slicked-back in a bun. "Ciao! #lostintheseaofturkey," she posted with the pretty pic. Lohan also shared a second fun photo from her European getaway, showing off her svelte stature in a white monokini and matching shorts. "Killed it. #majorsituation @lavishalice," the "Freaky Friday" star captioned the candid snap. It definitely looks like the actress' time overseas has been doing her some good -- we've never seen the red-headed beauty look better! What do you think about Lindsay's makeup-free photo? Sound off below and check out the galleries above to see more stars' fresh faces and celeb beach bods! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Body switching movies usually are the domain of endearing or silly comedies like “Big,” or “Freaky Friday.” “The Change-Up” comes to mind as a recent version and it even starred Ryan Reynolds, who conveniently for this segue also stars in another upcoming body swap movie “Self/Less.” But it’s actually a very serious sci-fi thriller about the quest for immortality where, thanks to modern technology and science, a dying rich billionaire (played by Ben Kingsley), is able to transport his consciousness into a much younger man (Ryan Reynolds). But as sci-fi-ish cautionary tales are wont to do, playing God is not without its consequences, so the thrill of an old man, ported into the body of a younger man is brief. Here’s the official synopsis: In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical »
- The Playlist
Amy Richau reviews the sixth episode of Halt and Catch Fire season 2…
There you are Joe. I knew it was just a matter of time.
Episode 6 of Halt and Catch Fire ’10Broad36′ is a crush of emotions and high stakes life choices. But what makes this episode so great is the small surprises that the makers of Halt and Catch Fire have been so successful at delivering this season.
As noted above it was just a matter of time before warm and fuzzy Joe was replaced by cold and calculating Joe. But warm and fuzzy Joe is the Joe that starts the episode as he leaves what appears to be one of many voicemails for Sara who has been gone from their apartment for a week. If Joe is faking his desire to see Sara again he is doing an awfully good job of it. Perhaps we will see more »
- Amy Richau
Ben Kingsley is getting a new body — Ryan Reynolds’ body, to be specific — in “Self/less,” a sci-fi thriller that opens in theaters this Friday. “Self/less” joins a long tradition of body-swapping and new body tales, from the 1882 novel “Vice Versa” that’s inspired four films adaptations to kids-turned-grown-ups movies like “Big” and “13 Going on 30.” Whenever a character’s consciousness gets transferred to a new body, the events that follow are usually an exercise in walking in another man’s shoes, and the moral of the story is often “my own life ain’t so bad after all.” But body-swapping movies have a few other lessons to teach us. Check out the gallery below for the lessons we learned from “Freaky Friday,” “17 Again” and other body switcheroo movies. »
- Emily Rome
The San Francisco-born Trainor moved in 1980 to Los Angeles, where she married director Robert Zemeckis and discovered her calling as an actress. She started a career in television and film, beginning with the role of Elaine in “Romancing the Stone” and Mrs. Walsh in “The Goonies.” She also appeared in all four “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Die Hard,” “Scrooged,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Back to the Future Part II,” “Forrest Gump,” the 2003 “Freaky Friday” and racked up scores of television appearances, including leading roles in “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and “Relativity.”
While studying broadcast journalism at San Diego State, she was discovered by a radio station manager and asked to be an on-air personality for Ksdo. She soon earned a position at Kcbs as station editor, »
- Carmel Dagan
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis shared some valuable industry advice with young visual effects artists at Friday’s open house held at the Exceptional Minds vocational school for young adults with autism in Sherman Oaks. “Just pretend you’re going for a job with, oh I know, Jim Cameron at his visual effects studio,” said Curtis referring to the movie industry icon, while reminding students – all on the autism spectrum — to aim high. Curtis, known for her best-selling children’s books and her roles in “Freaky Friday,” “True Lies,” and “A Fish Called Wanda,” also presented the “Ed Asner Award” to Victoria Alonso, »
- Itay Hod
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