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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
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the latest film to be 'tracking softly'. But why are we so keen to lambast films we've not seen?
And so here we go again. We're two weeks away from the release of a blockbuster movie, and the dreaded term 'tracking softly' has reared its head. This time, it's apparently the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation that's reportedly set for a lower than expected opening weekend when it arrives in cinemas at the end of July. Not withstanding the fact that very few people have seen the film yet (and early reactions from those that have are very positive), and that box office success is rarely determined by American takings only, it's still an indicative state of where we are with big movies right now.
Let's do the factual basics first though.
When a film is said to be 'tracking softly', it means »
Before Disney and director Andrew Stanton ventured to Barsoom for 2012’s Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter, the project spent many a year in development, passing through the hands of a host of studios and filmmakers.
In the early 2004, John Carter was at Paramount, with the studio enlisting Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) to direct as a replacement for Robert Rodriguez, who was forced to abandon the project after resigning from the Directors Guild of America. Conran would leave the project himself the following year (with Jon Favreau then taking a failed crack at the material), but not before he put together a rather impressive presentation reel, which has made its way online in high-res courtesy of AICN’s Harry Knowles, who was also attached as a producer on the failed adaptation. Check it out here…
What do you make of the presentation reel? Are you »
- Gary Collinson
These days, the movies that never happened are almost as popular as the movies that did. In some cases, maybe more so. Disney's adaptation of John Carter bombed so badly that many likely now wish Paramount's take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel had happened -- presuming it wouldn't have been any worse. Just as in the case of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune and Tim Burton's Superman Lives and others on the way, the story of Kerry Conran's abandoned version of John Carter for Paramount could probably do well as a crowdfunded documentary. But why wait for that to see a bunch of concept art, test footage and other goodies from Conran's pre-production on John Carter? Ain't It Cool News head honcho Harry Knowles, who was attached to Paramount's...
- Christopher Campbell
Most of the time, folks in Hollywood defend their films, even when they are critical and commercial failures. Johnny Depp defended both Transcendence and The Lone Ranger while Taylor Kitsch has defended John Carter. Sometimes these movies enter and exit the zeitgeist and you don't give them a second thought until someone chimes in with their opinion. Producer Brian Grazer... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this marvelous Monday? We have a comprehensive video breakdown of all the Easter Eggs in Terminator Genisys, an animated video that shows Sean Connery portraying Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons gets an Akira mashup. If that wasn't enough, Shia Labeouf's intense motivational speech even gets the anime treatment. But first, we have the ultimate battle between The Joker and Harley Quinn as they square off against Deadpool and Domino. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Super Power Beat Down: Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool and Domino
The latest episode of Bat In the Sun's series Super Power Beat Down features characters from 2 of next year's highly-anticipated superhero movies, »
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
ITV's crime drama wrapped up its three-episode arc with 5.14m (23.5%) at 9pm, while a further 313k (1.9%) tuned in on +1. The series lost just short of 700,000 viewers from its first to its last episode.
Earlier, Catchphrase entertained 2.44m (13.5%) at 7.15pm (125k/0.6% on +1), while Surprise Surprise averaged 3.36m (17.0%) at 8pm (123k/0.6%).
However, it was BBC One's Countryfile that was Sunday night's most-watched programme, bringing in 5.48m (30.7%) at 7pm. Fake or Fortune? interested 4.85m (24.5%) at 8pm, while 7/7 drama A Song for Jenny moved 3.12m (14.8%) at 9pm.
Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year continued with 1.29m (6.5%) at »
Before Disney brought John Carter to movie theaters, resulting in one of the biggest box office bombs in recent memory, the film was in development at Paramount Pictures. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran was attached to direct the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough‘s classic sci-fi novel John Carter of Mars, […]
The post Votd: Pitch Reel for Paramount’s Abandonded ‘John Carter of Mars’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
John Carter was a very public disappointment for Disney, the studio posting an $84 million dollar loss on the Edgar Rice Burrough’s beloved series of sci-fi novels. But there was a time, before the property landed in the House of Mouse, that the project, at the time called John Carter of Mars (a better title, in my opinion, because it let audiences know what they were in for) was in the hands of Paramount and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran, and before that project was axed, Conran made a presentation reel of his vision for the movie, complete with concept art and very early effects work. A lo-res version has been doing the rounds for some time, but below you can find a much more clean and crisp version, uploaded by Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, who was also set to produce the Conran directed adaption, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Once upon a time Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) was slated to direct an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's beloved science fiction series John Carter of Mars for Paramount. Of course, that didn't pan out, and what we ended up with was Disney's John Carter, the Taylor Kitsch-led box office disaster that generated a bizarre amount of hate for what I understand was just a kind of okay movie. For those who wanted to see what Conran's version might have looked like, today's your luck day. Harry Knowles, who was set to produce the axed adaptation, has released a high-res version of the presentation reel, featuring tons of gorgeous artwork and some solid fight choreography. A low-res version of this video has been floating around the internet for a while, but this version is crisp and offers a solid idea of what Conran had in mind for his film's aesthetic. »
- Haleigh Foutch
With everything from The Craft to Kindergarten Cop getting some kind of remake right now, what's the real damage that's being done?
It might just be us, but the number of remake announcements we've seen in 2015 seems to be on the increase. In recent weeks alone we've had the cheery news that new takes on Big Trouble In Little China, Sister Act, The Craft and Kindergarten Cop are getting new takes of various sizes. And the response is both understandable and predictable: has Hollywood run out of ideas?
Well, probably. And yet I'd argue it's not that simple. That, in part, the dependency on remakes and sequels is a little bit down to us, but even more so, down to the fact that fewer big movies are being made, and studios want as much on their side when they're committing a nine figure spend to a film.
Let's deal with »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The 34-year-old Canadian first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. This week, he returned to the small screen with his buzzed-about role on True Detective. In other words, now is the perfect time to look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »
- Chris Eggertsen
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
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- Ben Child
Despite its visuals and imagination, Disney’s Tomorrowland has sadly disappointed at the box office this summer, becoming a rare misfire for the studio goliath in financial terms. Time Magazine is today reporting that the Brad Bird sci-fi adventure is set to lose the studio anywhere in the range of $120 million and $140 million by the time it finishes its global release, and will be Disney’s biggest flop since 2013’s The Lone Ranger, which ended up with losses over $190 million (2012’s John Carter was also a flop with a loss of over $200 million)/
Costing upwards of $330 million for both the film’s production and marketing expenses, Tomorrowland was expected to light-up the summer box office with its array of talents, including star George Clooney and director Brad Bird, whose last film Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol brought in almost $700 million. Sadly, the film#s opening wasn’t stellar, with only $42.7 million »
- Scott J. Davis
According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is having some troubles when it comes to new live=action properties as the studio stands to lose between $120-140 million on Brad Bird's blockbuster fantasy adventure Tomorrowland. The studio previously lost $200 million on John Carter and $190 million on The Lone Ranger, and while the end result for Tomorrowland may not be as harmful to the studio's bottom line -- especially with Avengers: Age of Ultron taking the box office by storm, two different Pixar movies hitting theaters this year, and the Star Wars franchise returning to the big screen at Christmas time -- it is perhaps just as telling about the current state of big-budget filmmaking. The Tomorrowland news marks yet another blow to studios looking to produce films with nine-digit budgets that aren't sequels or spin-offs, aren't part of a larger cinematic universe, or don't already have a built-in fan base. »
- Jordan Benesh
Brad Bird's fantasy adventure "Tomorrowland" sadly looks like it could be a major dud for Disney Studios, though not quite as large a one as their other big-budget write-offs in recent years like "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger".
THR reports that the project, which cost $180 million to produce and a further $150 million to market, currently sits at $169.9 million at the worldwide box-office and isn't expected to gross much more than $200 million by the time it finishes its global rollout (China in particular has seemingly ignored the movie).
That means it could be a $120-140 million loss for the company, their first financial misfire in two years and the third major one of 2015 so far in the wake of both "Jupiter Ascending" and "Seventh Son". Of course, with Disney's track record and other films this year, the loss is not expected to have much impact at all. »
- Garth Franklin
A new gallery of images has been revealed for the horror comedy Doomsdays. Also showcased in this round-up: Blu-ray release details for IFC Midnight's Backcountry and The Harvest, as well as a look at the Catalyst series pilot.
"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe."
Backcountry and The Harvest: From Scream Factory: "We are proud to announce that we have new IFC Midnight titles planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this Fall!
Backcountry – Based on true events, this terrifying account of a couple stranded in »
- Tamika Jones
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