9 items from 2016
When Doctor Strange hits theaters in November, it will mark the end of a very long road to the big screen. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige first mentioned the possibility of a Doctor Strange movie way back in 2009, while Iron Man 2 was in production, with the studio hiring Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write the script in 2010, but the project didn't find its footing until four years later, when writer-director Scott Derrickson came aboard. With just months until this Marvel Phase 3 movie arrives, today we have word that another writer was brought aboard for some last-minute rewrites, Community creator Dan Harmon.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Marvel Studios brought on Dan Harmon after the superhero adventure had wrapped production in April. The studio was looking for a writer to create some new scenes "for additional photography," according to the site's source. It isn't known if he will get »
It seems that Marvel and director Scott Derrickson determined that more scenes were needed after Doctor Strange wrapped filming and a first cut of the film was assembled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Harmon was brought on board to pen the script for these mysterious additional scenes. Best known for co-creating Community, is Harmon's background an indication that it was determined that Doctor Strange needed more humor? In addition to his work in TV, Harmon wrote the script for 2006's Monster House and did uncredited script doctoring on 2008's Kung Fu Panda, both animated features. While it's logical to assume Harmon was hired to inject some humor into Doctor Strange, it's important to remember that Marvel hired Joe and Anthony Russo to helm Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a time when the biggest projects on their resume were Arrested Development and Community. Given Marvel's history of finding talent in unrelated genres, »
When it comes to genre television series as of late, there are a few shows that get more love than others. And since I finally caught up with the recent season two finale of Scream: The TV Series, I thought now would be the perfect time to tip my hat to this underrated series that not only wears its horror-loving heart so very clearly on its sleeve, but also keeps the mystery-fueled spirit of Wes Craven’s films alive and kicking, all while showcasing a lot of fantastic talent behind the camera as well.
And as much as I adore those first two factors, it’s that final part—the way Scream: The TV Series has utilized some incredible directorial talent—that has made me a staunch supporter of the show, as I’d argue that Scream may the best genre series that most fans have consistently overlooked ever since it debuted last summer. »
- Heather Wixson
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
Corey Stoll as Hemingway
1899 Famous author and real 'character' Ernest Hemingway is born. In addition to his work being made into films and TV miniseries he frequently pops up as a character in cinema played by everyone from Chris O'Donnell (In Love and War) to Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris - robbed of an Oscar nod though we honored him here) and now Dominic West (Genius) ...and that's not even the half of it.
1922 Don Knotts is born. Mugs it up in 70+ film and TV projects including Three's Company, The Apple Dumpling Gang, and The Andy Griffith Show - 5 Emmy wins for Supporting Actor thereafter until his death in 2006
1948 Steven Demetre Georgiu is born in London. »
- NATHANIEL R
Creatively speaking, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have done most of the heavy lifting in the Lego cinematic universe, from directing and writing the film that jumpstarted the whole franchise, The Lego Movie, to signing on to produce every future Lego-related spinoff and sequel. According to a new report from Variety, however, the duo will be leaving their script for The Lego Movie Sequel in the hands of Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, as he has been enlisted to rewrite the original draft.
Due to Lord and Miller being so busy with other projects, including 2018’s Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie, which they are helming, Warner Bros. decided that it would be best to get a “fresh take” on their Lego script. Bob-Waksberg, while not the hire anybody was expecting, is responsible for Bojack Horseman, a show that many have hailed as one of the funniest and most inventive »
- Justin Cook
Whilst Jj Abrams has already journeyed through a universe of special effects of late, directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, producing Star Trek Beyond, and overseeing production of Star Wars: Episode VIII, animated features were alien to him. At least until now.
Abrams will be producing The Flamingo Affair, an animated comedy whose details are still mainly under wraps. What we do know is that there will definitely be flamingoes. Feathers are going to fly in the film, that follows a heist involving a tangle of long pink necks and longer pink legs.
Abrams will produce under his Bad Robot label, with Jon Cohen and Annie Laks overseeing for Paramount Animation. This newer branch of Paramount (which came into being after Dreamworks parted ways with the studio in 2012) is known so »
Producer Jason Clark has been named president of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door. Clark will shepherd new projects and oversee production and development for the company’s current film and television slate.
Clark had previously worked with MacFarlane on his feature films “Ted,” “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He also served as an executive producer on “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “42,” and “Monster House.”
MacFarlane and Clark collaborated on the Fox miniseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” for which Clark won a PGA Award for outstanding producer of non-fiction television.
“This is an exciting time for Seth and Fuzzy Door and I could not pass up the opportunity to help him expand upon his reputation as an extraordinary talent, great producer and collaborator,” Clark said in a statement. “I’ve had the privilege of producing several feature and television projects with Seth in the past »
- Daniel Holloway
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Halston Sage, Steven Krueger, Keith Arthur Bolden, Amanda Lund, Timothy Simons, Ken Marino | Written by Darren Lemke | Directed by Rob Letterman
As a kid growing up I was a huge horror fan, I loved reading scary novels – mainly ones I really shouldn’t have been allowed to like Graham Masterton’s Family Portrait; watching the late-night BBC double-bills or renting all the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street films from the local video shop even though I wasn’t over 18; or watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? on terrestrial TV – where it suffered censorship and missing episodes – I adored horror and still do. But one thing I never got into was Goosebumps. Maybe it was because the books came too late for me – as I said I was already reading adult horror fiction »
- Phil Wheat
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