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This Weekend in Box Office History, Dec. 24-26

25 December 2010 4:34 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Here's a look back at Christmas weekend through the years: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Eight movies entered nationwide release, but King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe still packed a one-two punch. Kong's second weekend showed some relative weakness by beating Narnia's third weekend by $1.5 million: Kong made $21.3 million (down 58 percent), while Narnia generated $19.8 million (off 38 percent). Fun with Dick and Jane was the biggest new release with $14.4 million, followed by Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at $9.3 million. Memoirs of a Geisha expanded unmemorably to $6.8 million, The Ringer plopped down with $5.2 million, and Munich was unspectacular with $4.2 million (at 532 venues). Three movies had only one day of nationwide play, due to opening on Sunday, Christmas day, and all three were modest: Rumor Has It at $3.5 million, Wolf Creek at $2.8 million and The Producers at $1.6 million. * Weekend Report: 'King Kong' Clings to Christmas »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Interview: Please Give Love to the ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ Directing Duo

9 December 2010 9:04 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

I Love You Phillip Morris has taken its sweet ‘ole time getting to the big screen. It’s been over a year and a half since its Sundance premiere, and who would have thought a Jim Carrey starring vehicle would have such a difficult time finding distribution? Well, the material makes it understandable. But it’s pretty sad considering it’s not too often we get a good Carrey film, and, even rarer, one with a great performance. What many will be thrown off guard by is the tone of the film. This isn’t wacky Jim Carrey, sorry Fun with Dick and Jane fans. Instead, it’s a comedic drama. It’s a difficult blend to create. Writing (and now directing) duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa know that. If you don’t know Ficarra and Requa by name, they scribed the cult classic Bad Santa and the original Cats & Dogs; this is more similar to »

- Jack Giroux

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Ultimate Bad Guy Becomes Ultimate Nice Guy For Charity

6 December 2010 3:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Actor/Producer/Director Scott L. Schwartz – in association with Santa’s Gift – is making an impact on Children’s Hospitals worldwide starting with a recent visit to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tn.

Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager, and many more feature films. But this year Scott reprises his most cherished role of the “Ultimate nice guy”… Scott L. Schwartz has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. After that he realized the value and impact in making a lasting impression on these children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special and cared about. Scott enjoys visiting the cancer centers and bringing what joy »

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Téa Leoni Joins Brett Ratners Tower Heist; Will Star Alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy

21 October 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Brett Ratner’s upcoming film Tower Heist is attracting quite a few names. Variety is reporting the latest addition to the already large ensemble cast is none other than actress Téa Leoni, who will join Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle in the film. Leoni’s arrival comes hot on the heels of Murphy’s, who joined the Universal comedy last week.

Leoni was last seen in 2009’s The Smell of Success, and more famously in 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane alongside Jim Carrey. Newcomer Nina Arianda, who can be seen in the upcoming Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, is set to join the cast as well. With the two actresses locked, production is set to begin in November for a 2011 release.  Hit the jump for more.

Leoni is an intriguing actress, one who has yet to fully establish herself in Hollywood. Despite starring in big »

- Jeff Ames

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Tea Leoni Joins Tower Heist

21 October 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Brett Ratner's tall tale continues to pick up great cast members, with Tea Leoni now joining Tower Heist, alongside Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe and Alan Alda.Leoni will play the female lead, although given the above list, that might translate to "token female". Having previously played against Jim Carrey (Fun With Dick and Jane), Adam Sandler (Spanglish), Ricky Gervais (Ghost Town), and Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys) we think she'll more than capably stand her ground in the action comedy.Formerly known as Trump Heist, Tower Heist sees the blue-collar workers at not-Trump Tower (Stiller managing Sidibe and Pena) undertaking a complicated plan to steal back their pension fund from Madoff-style Wall Street tycoon Alda. Murphy is their safe-cracker ally (with his own agenda).Shooting starts shortly, for a November 2011 release. »

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Tea Leoni Joins The Cast Of Tower Heist

21 October 2010 3:07 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Back in August, I reported that Tower Heist, a comedy starring Ben Stiller and directed by Brett Ratner, was to begin filming in November. While reading about the movie, I noticed something strange - the idea behind the film sounded almost identical to the 2005 Jim Carrey-Tea Leoni movie Fun With Dick and Jane. In both movies, a man sees all of his money taken by a ruthless CEO and the protagonist hatches a plan to steal his money back. Making the whole thing even stranger, Brian Grazer served as producer on the 2005 film and is doing the same on this one. Now their just screwing with us. Tea Leoni (yes, "Jane" from the above title) has joined the cast of Tower Heist, reports The Wrap. Though details about her character are absent, the film will be the second time that she has starred in a film with both »

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Hollywood Bad Guy Has Heart of Gold

22 September 2010 6:13 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Actor/Producer/Director/Humanitarian Scott L. Schwartz helped raise over $40k at this month’s Alicia’s House 8th Annual Celebrity Golf Outing, Dinner and Silent Auction.

Scott was one of the celebrity special guests at Chicagoland Expo in Carol Stream, Il, and while in town he helped hand out food to the needy at Alicia's House Food Pantry. The pro-wrestler also visited the Ronald McDonald House and several Children’s Hospitals.

Although he is known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his work in films such as Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager and many more feature films, Scott exhibits a caring side off-screen. He started visiting children’s hospitals worldwide after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. The tragic experience showed him the value and impact in making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how »

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Ben Stiller's Tower Heist To Start Filming In November

23 August 2010 2:06 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Back in 2005, Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni starred in the largely forgettable film Fun With Dick and Jane. In the movie, the two actors play a couple that is financially ruined by a high-powered CEO, played by Alec Baldwin, and they decide to formulate a plan to steal their money back from him. But in a world where superhero franchises can be rebooted less than a decade later, why should any other genre be safe? Just slap a new name on it, get some different stars and it might as well be a whole different movie - even though it really isn't. Deadline reports that the long gestating movie Tower Heist will go into production this November with Brett Rater directing, Ben Stiller producing and Brian Grazer producing (let me take this time to point out that Grazer also produced the movie mentioned above). So what is it about? »

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Jim Carrey Could Be Rocking Out in 'Under Cover' for Summit

20 August 2010 11:13 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It feels like it's been forever since we've seen a great Jim Carrey film . I can't speak for A Christmas Carol or I Love You, Phillip Morris since both eluded me for different reasons, but Yes Man, The Number 23, and Fun with Dick and Jane were all duds. It sounds like Carrey is looking to make a comeback starring in Larry Charles' outrageous comedy Pierre, Pierre, and it looks like he has another comedy on the horizon. Pajiba reports that Summit is trying to snag Carrey to to lead Under Cover, the story of a recently divorced father of two who joins a youthful cover band to raise money to win the custody battle against his ex-wife. Read on! Seems kind of like The Rocker (which I don't think anyone saw?) meets Kramer vs Kramer, which sounds strange just thinking about it. Carrey has rocked out before in »

- Ethan Anderton

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Taylor Lautner Says Stretch Armstrong Has the Worst Superpowers

24 June 2010 5:54 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

MTV News caught up with "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner to talk about the "Stretch Armstrong" movie that's based on a toy and has the actor attached as the lead. "It's like the worst superhero power, possibly, to get," he said. "How you're going to take that and use it for good and how you're going to be creative with that [is the predicament]." In the film, Lautner is set to play a secret agent who's exposed to a secret formula that allows him to stretch. "The awesome thing with toys is it doesn't give you a story line, so you get to create it," he added. "I just can't wait to see a script." "Stretch Armstrong" will be directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) and is being written by Nick Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Fun with Dick and Jane). At this point, there film is tentatively set to hit theaters »

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Movies This Week: Get Him to the Killers Marmaduke Lunch

4 June 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It's only the start of June, and it feels like July. What is up with that? Good thing there are plenty of theaters, and new movies coming out. But don't forget to check the listings and there are a lot of smaller releases still holding on around town.  But on to the new films...

9500 Liberty --  A timely doc about fear mongering and anti-immigration law in the web 2.0 era and in a country founded by immigrants. Read Don's review for more, and keep an eye out for Debbie's interview with one of the filmmakers. (Dobie) 

Get him to the Greek -- I am not a fan of Russell Brand, but this anti-buddy comedy looks like it actually might be funny. Record company intern Jonah Hill is teamed with outrageous rocker Brand, who has to be at the titular Greek for a concert. Written and directed by Nicholas Stoller, who penned »

- Jenn Brown

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'Stretch Armstrong' To Be Similar In Tone To 'Iron Man,' Says Screenwriter

19 May 2010 10:44 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Earlier this year, Nick Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall") came onboard the upcoming "Stretch Armstrong" adaptation as a screenwriter, joining director Rob Letterman ("Monsters vs. Aliens") and "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner in the title role.

And while the original "Stretch Armstrong" toy is essentially a blank slate, Stoller recently indicated that the film will feature an entirely new version of the character with a slightly more conventional tone.

"Rob had a great take on 'Stretch' and he told me about it, and I said, 'Please let me write it,'" said Stoller during an interview with ComingSoon.net. "It's a superhero origin story taking it totally seriously, kind of in the 'Iron Man' tone — for lack of a better descriptor. We're taking it seriously, but it will have a light tone to it."

"Hasbro has an idea of it and it's based on a new version of that character, »

- Blair Marnell

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Writer Compares Stretch Armstrong Movie to Iron Man and The Dark Knight

19 May 2010 2:18 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Nick Stoller (Fun with Dick and Jane) was recently hired to re-write the script for "Stretch Armstrong," which is based on a popular Hasbro toy and is set to be directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens, Shark Tale). Taylor Lautner (Twilight) is in talks to star. "Rob had a great take on 'Stretch' and he told me about it, and I said, 'Please let me write it,'" said Stoller. "It's a superhero origin story taking it totally seriously, kind of in the 'Iron Man' tone . for lack of a better descriptor. We're taking it seriously, but it will have a light tone to it. Hasbro has an idea of it and it's based on a new version of that character. It's kind of a blank slate. There wasn't really much of a backstory to the original Stretch Armstrong so we're just kind of inventing it from the ground up. »

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Taylor Lautner's 'Stretch Armstrong' hires director, writer

21 April 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Taylor Lautner is putting his superhero fate in the hands of the guys who brought you "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Yes Man."

The "Twilight" star's "Stretch Armstrong" project has hired Rob Letterman, who co-directed "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Shark Tale," to helm the 3-D, live-action movie based on the rubbery 1970s-era action figure (side note: Zomg Jacob in 3-D!). Nick Stoller, who's written "Yes Man" and "Fun with Dick and Jane" and also directed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," is writing the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

Based on the two hires, we're guessing that the movie won't have an overly serious tone. And considering that it's based on a 30-plus-year-old toy with a cheesy blond hairstyle whose main power is elasticity, that's probably the right call.

Stoller, by the way, is taking over as writer from Steve Oedekerk ("Evan Almighty"), who took the first pass at the screenplay. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Rob Letterman To Direct Stretch Armstrong

21 April 2010 3:55 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Earlier rumours that Rob Letterman, the director of Shark Tale and Monsters Vs. Aliens, was to direct the upcoming animation Stretch Armstrong for Universal have now been confirmed today.

In addition, Nick Stoller has been brought on board to re-write the script of the 3D superhero adventure. His previous writing credits include Jim Carrey-starrers Yes Man and Fun With Dick And Jane, and he directed the very entertaining Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Stretch Armstrong will see Twilight's Taylor Lautner play the titluar character, an uptight spy who stumbles across a stretching formula, which he takes and must now adjust to in everyday life and when fighting crime.

This big screen adaptation of the iconic action figure is one of several projects established by Universal in conjunction with Hasbro to turn classic board games and toys into films.

Georgine Waller

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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: Why Is Pegasus Black? and Other Remake Mysteries!

8 April 2010 4:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.

Black Pegasus? Boo!

Why is Pegasus black? Why did this flying horse need to be recast El Negro? It makes about as much sense as casting Cedric the Entertainer in the role of Ralph Kramden. There is no reasoning being placed behind it, other than, "We can do what we want! We can do what we feel!" It's strange that in both Clash of the Titans and 2005's The Honeymooners, the only hint of imagination or originality came from swapping ethnicities. In neither case does it pertain to, or help push along the story. It's senseless esthetic scrambling. Sure, poor black folks probably work in the sewer and beat their spouses, too. So why not update an old 1940s sitcom to reflect how far we've come? But Pegasus? Come on! Nowhere »

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Does The Military Find Atlantis In 'Seal'?

30 March 2010 7:54 AM, PDT | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

Director Dean Parisot has been making his name in comedy with films like "Home Fries" and "Fun With Dick And Jane" and has a project coming up with "The Office" star Ed Helms titled "Central Intelligence".  But it appears Parisot is steeping away from that genre for his next film.

It is being reported that Parisot will direct "Seal" based on the novel by M. Zachary Sherman, "Socom: Seal Team Seven".  The book is about a team of Navy Seals who are sent to investigate a sunken submarine in the persian gulf... and the mythical lost city of Atlantis is somehow involved.

There is no word yet on cast or timetables.

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Comedy Director Parisot Changing Pace With Graphic Novel Adaptation

30 March 2010 7:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Dean Parisot has a little bit of time on his hands right now, since his planned comedy with Ed Helms Central Intelligence has been delayed thanks to Helms being one of the most popular actors out there. But Parisot, whose credits include comedies like Home Fries and Fun With Dick And Jane, isn't just using the free time to make the same old same old-- he's changing pace entirely with a graphic novel adaptation. The Los Angeles Times reports that Parisot plans to adapt M. Zachary Sherman's graphic novel Socom: Seal Team Seven, which isn't about your usual superheroes or creatures. The Times describes Parisot's adaptation, called simply Seal, as "a political action film that mixes the Tom Clancy submarine thriller with a dollop of fanboy fantasy intrigue." The novel follows a Navy Seal team investigating a sunken submarine in the Persian Gulf that also, somehow, involves Atlantis. »

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Parisot In Charge Of "Seal Team Seven"

29 March 2010 11:52 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest," "Fun with Dick and Jane") is in talks to direct the underwater action/fantasy thriller "Seal Team Seven" for Walden Media reports The Los Angeles Times.

Based on the M. Zachary Sherman-created 2006 graphic novel "Socom: Seal Team Seven", the story follows CIA tactician Douglas Griffin who joins his former Seal team to investigate the reason behind a submarine's downing in the Persian Gulf.

Their investigation leads to a battle that pits the U.S. Navy against the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis in a full-blown war against humanity's extinction.

Parisot was scheduled to shoot the comedy "Central Intelligence" this Summer but that project has been put on hold. »

- Garth Franklin

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Dean Parisot Circling Seal Team Seven

29 March 2010 5:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Fun With Dick and Jane director is in talks to take on M. Zachary Sherman's graphic novel We reported a few weeks ago that director Dean Parisot's film project Central Intelligence was being put on hold and now it seems the director has found a new project to take on. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Parisot is in talks to direct the film Seal Team Seven.

The film will be an adaptation of M. Zachary Sherman's 2006 graphic novel, Socom: Seal Team Seven, which centers on an elite Seal team that is sent in to investigate a submarine that sunk in the Persian Gulf and then have to battle forces from the mythical underwater world of Atlantis.

It wasn't said if there was a writer attached to the film as of yet or when production was looking to get started. Parisot's previous credits include the »

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