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Movie News: Big-Screen 'Sesame Street' Picks Writers; New 'Hindenburg' Movie in the Works

Sesame Street: David Guion and Michael Handelman will write a screenplay for a big-screen version of TV's venerable educational series Sesame Street. The duo previously teamed to work on Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the comedy Dinner for Schmucks. Levy is serving as one of the producers on the upcoming adaptation. [Deadline]   Hindenburg: A new movie version of the real-life Hindenburg disaster is on its way. In 1937, the German passenger airship Hindenburg caught fire while docking in New Jersey (above), resulting in 36 deaths and bringing the airship era to a tragic conclusion. Gary Spinelli is writing a new script revolving around an airship engineer who books passage on the Hindenburg for his Jewish girlfriend in an effort to save...

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Newswire: Night At The Museum 3 writers hired for new Sesame Street movie

Through the past 47 years on television, Sesame Street has been one of our most enduring cultural touchstones, as generations of children have learned letters, numbers, sharing, and cooperation at the feet of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo. So a leap to the big screen is such a natural idea, it’s surprising it’s only happened twice, with 1985’s Follow That Bird, and 1999’s The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland.

But keeping to Sesame Workshop’s roughly-every-15-years schedule, a return to the big screen is in the works. Deadline reports that Warner Bros., whose sister company HBO now airs Sesame Street before passing episodes to PBS for a second run, has hired David Guion and Michael Handelman, the screenwriting duo behind Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Dinner For Schmucks, and the Zach Braff vehicle The Ex.

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Sesame Street movie coming from Night At The Museum team

Tony Sokol Nov 17, 2016

David Guion and Michael Handelman will follow that bird with the upcoming Sesame Street movie.

Sesame Street, the children’s TV workshop that changed early education in the Us in particular, will be returning to the big screen for the first time since the 1985 film Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.

The upcoming movie live-action Sesame Street movie will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, who penned Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Night at the Museum 3 and Dinner for Schmucks. Sesame Street is now set up at Warner Bros, who took over the film from 20th Century Fox. The new pair take over for writers Joseph Mazzarino and Mike Jones.

Like Disney’s recent Muppet films, the Sesame Street movie will be set in New York City. The 47 year-old children’s show was recently picked up by HBO as part of their children’s programming block.
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News Briefs: Big-Screen 'Sesame Street' Picks Writers

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Sesame Street: David Guion and Michael Handelman will write a screenplay for a big-screen version of TV's venerable educational series Sesame Street. The duo previously teamed to work on Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the comedy Dinner for Schmucks. Levy is serving as one of the producers on the upcoming adaptation. [Deadline]   Hindenburg: A new movie version of the real-life Hindenburg disaster is on its way. In 1937, the German passenger...

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‘Austin Powers 4’ may still happen, says director

The last Austin Powers movie, Austin Powers in Goldmember was released fourteen years ago, and while we all thought that the franchise was officially done following a very successful trilogy, it seems that a fourth film may still happen.

The films’ series producer Jay Roach commented to Larry King that an Austin Powers 4 is still being considered.

Here’s what he had to say: “You know, Mike Myers and I talk about it every time we get together. I would say it’s in a latent phase right now, but someday if we find the right idea that seems to have it earn itself, for sure. Mike gave me the break of a lifetime in letting me direct [Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery] so I’m always good to go.”

Wow. The last we heard was that a potential plot man actually revolve around Dr. Evil and his son Scott (Seth Green) and would
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Interview: Alex Borstein, ‘Family Guy’ Voice of Lois Griffin, on Her New Role in ‘Bordertown’

Chicago – Voiceover artist Alex Borstein is familiar to TV audiences as the legendary Lois Griffin of “Family Guy,” but she also is a stellar character actress, recently in a role on the HBO series “Getting On.” She is back in the animation saddle with a couple of voiceover parts in the new Fox Network show ‘Bordertown.’

Bordertown” is created by Mark Hentemann and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy.” It involves the Buckwald and Gonzalez families in a Southwest desert town on the Mexico-u.S. border, and Alex Borstein voices both the Buckwald mother Janice and her hapless daughter Becky. The show is sharp and funny, with the satire that is familiar to Seth MacFarlane animation fans. “Bordertown” premiered on the Fox Network on January 3rd, 2016, and is now on Sunday nights.

Alex Borstein (left), Voice of Becky and Janice Buckwald in ‘Bordertown,’ and Lois Griffin
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Watch: Bryan Cranston Is A Blacklisted Hollywood Writer In The First Trailer For Jay Roach’s ‘Trumbo’

You know the name Jay Roach from some pretty broad and silly comedies: tthe “Austin Powers” films, “Meet the Parents” films, “Dinner for Schmucks,” and most recently the American political farce “The Campaign,” with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. But Roach is finally getting serious, though this tendency has been percolating for some time, as evidenced by his lesser-seen, made-for-hbo movies “Recount” and “Game Change.” Roach’s next film is “Trumbo,” a movie centered on famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The titular character is played by Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), and the cast also features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, John Goodman, plus Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk and Michael Stuhlbarg. Read More: As 'Dinner For Schmucks' Opens, We Run Down 15 Notable Hollywood Foreign Films Remakes Trumbo was famous for the screenplays “A Guy Named Joe" (which Steven Spielberg remade as.
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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe | Blu-ray Review

Film Movement continues with its Classic series and delivers their next title in a continuing line-up of new Blu-ray presentations, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, a seminal French comedy of the period from director Yves Robert. A stylized paean to the comedic tradition of Jerry Lewis, this is straight-faced screwball comedy not quite as daring or inventive as the title’s sterling reputation promises (it did win the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival). Notable, especially considering the significant talent in front of and behind the camera, it’s a comedy classic of uncomplicated froth, though its ability to amuse now seems dwarfed by expectation.

Traveling violinist Francois (Pierre Richard) is misidentified as a superspy by France’s national intelligence. As a host of people desperately attempt to interpret Francois’ strange actions, everyone becomes more and more assured of his significant skills. Meanwhile, Francois is embroiled
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Kristen Schaal to star opposite Melissa McCarthy in Michelle Darnell

Kristen Schaal to star opposite Melissa McCarthy in Michelle Darnell
Kristen Schaal will have a supporting role in Melissa McCarthy's upcoming prison comedy Michelle Darnell.

McCarthy collaborated with her husband Ben Falcone and Steve Mallory on the comedy about a business titan sent to prison for insider trading.

Michelle Darnell attempts to re-brand herself following her release from jail, but many of the people she crossed over the years are unwilling to help make her comeback a success.

Schaal is the latest comedy star to join the cast of Michelle Darnell, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that she will play a scout leader.

The comedian is currently starring on television in Fox's The Last Man on Earth. Her feature film credits include Valentine's Day, Dinner for Schmucks, The Muppets and Despicable Me 2.

Schaal also voices Trixie the dinosaur in Disney's Toy Story franchise.

Michelle Darnell - which also stars Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell and Kathy Bates – opens next spring.
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Birdman Comes to Blu-Ray February 17th

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20th Century Fox has revealed that the Michael Keaton starring film, Birdman (which is nominated for 9 Academy awards), is coming to blu-ray in just a couple weeks. So if you missed out on it during it's limited run in theaters, you'll soon get your chance to see what all the commotion's about. Come inside for all the details on the blu-ray!

Birdman will hit blu-ray with it's (admittedly light) special features on February 17th, but you can catch it on digital download right now:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises invite audiences to take flight with a New Regency / M Productions / Le Grisbi production, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – winner of two Golden Globes® Awards and 9 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, the critically-acclaimed film soars onto Blu-ray™ and DVD February 17 and is now available on Digital HD™. “Daring, devastating, and howlingly funny
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Larry Wilmore is the Next Stephen Colbert, But Better

-Aly Semigran

Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.

The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.

While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late,
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Will Ferrell Is Taking On Shakespeare, Get The Hilarious Details

Will Ferrell is set to tackle William Shakespeare in a new comedy that is currently being developed at Sony. The currently untitled film follows the story of a Shakespearean theater company who are all hell-bent on doing The Bard justice. Information regarding the comedy is currently still at a minimum, and Variety reports that the screenplay for the film is still in its early stages too, with David Guion and Michael Handelman hired to write it. Unfortunately, the screenwriting pair haven.t really delivered anything of note that will make you think that Will Ferrell.s upcoming Shakespearean salvo will actually be worthwhile. David Guion and Michael Handelman.s previous credits have included Dinner For Schmucks and The Ex, both of which possessed almost zero laughs and were also instantly forgettable. Another reason to be a tad alarmed about the development of this new project is that both of the
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Will Ferrell to become a thespian in new comedy

If you were betting that someday Will Ferrell would do Shakespeare, you can cash in now.

Variety reported on Tuesday that Sony has picked up a currently untitled comedy starring Ferrell that centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company. The screenplay will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman (Dinner for Schmucks).

This adds to a busy slate for Ferrell as the actor will be appearing in a host of films in the coming years. He is currently set up for next year’s comedy Get Hard,with Kevin Hart and Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg. He also is attached to appear in James Franco’s Zeroville and the sequel to Zoolander that Ben Stiller is attached to direct.

The actor has had a quiet year so far in 2014 with his only prominent role coming in The Lego Movie as Lord Business.

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Will Ferrell to Star in Untitled Comedy Set in the Competitive World of a Shakespeare Theater Company

Will Ferrell seems to enjoy movies where characters compete for glory.  He's starred in Kicking & Screaming (soccer), Talladega Nights (stock car racing), Blades of Glory (figure skating), and Semi-Pro (basketball).  However, his latest competition will be taking him away from sports and into the arts.  According to Variety, Ferrell is set to star in an untitled comedy that takes place around the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company."  There are no plot details beyond that, but David Guion and Michael Handelman will handle the script, which is a bit disconcerting when you consider that their track record includes The Ex and Dinner for Schmucks.  Variety also says they've worked on The Internship, The Watch, Blades of Glory, and Men in Black III, but they're not officially credited, so it's possible they just did rewrites. While I like the premise of Ferrell doing Shakespeare, he has a very full slate of potential projects,
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Will Ferrell Takes on Shakespeare Theater Comedy

Will Ferrell Takes on Shakespeare Theater Comedy
Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. The project is based on an idea internally developed at Mosaic, which centers on the highly-competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. No details were given for Will Ferrell's character at this time.

David Guion and Michael Handelman are currently writing the screenplay. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. It isn't known when production may begin on the untitled comedy.

Sony Pictures and Will Ferrell have had a successful partnership in the past, with hits such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. The studio recently acquired a buddy comedy pitch entitled Border Guards, which has Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star. The actor will next be seen in Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart.

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Will Ferrell to Lead Untitled Shakespeare Theater Comedy at Sony

We're still waiting to get a glimpse at the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart after the first trailer was delayed from release last week to sometime this week (though you may have already seen it if you saw Horrible Bosses 2 over the weekend). In the meantime, Ferrell has already lined up a new comedy at Sony Pictures that was developed at Mosaic, the production and management company that represents the Anchorman star and has produced several of his biggest films. The project is a currently untitled comedy that takes place in the intense, competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. More below! Could we be looking at another Talladega Nights or Blades of Glory? This certainly feels like it would be a comedy in that same vein. However, with Variety reporting the script comes from Dinner for Schmucks scribes David Guion & Michael Handelman, there's a
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Will Ferrell To Drive Sony’s Shakespeare Theatre Comedy Purchase?

Sony Pictures Entertainment has just purchased an untitled, original idea developed internally at Mosaic Media Group as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Other Guys).

Centering upon the intensely competitive world within a Shakespearean theatre company, the pitched comedy will be the second comedic purchase by Sony with Ferrell at the helm.

The studio recently purchased the buddy comedy Border Guards about two Americans who, whilst trying to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the Us, find themselves across the border without identification and attempt to return. That screenplay is to be written by Jesse Armstrong (Babylon) with Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Chicago) attached to the project.

Sony’s latest acquisition however, will be overseen by Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades Of Gray) and Jonathan Kadin from Columbia Pictures with comedy writing duo David Guion and Michael Handelman (Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company

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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company
It looks like Will Ferrell will be trying his hand at 16th-century humor. Variety reports that Sony has bagged a comedy pitch about the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company," with Ferrell in mind to star. David Guion and Michael Handelman — a pair that has found success on such scripts as Dinner for Schmucks — will pen the as-of-now-unnamed project. Production schedule, cast, and most other details about the film are also under wraps at the moment. Ferrell will next come to theaters as James King (a white-collar guy with deep pockets who gets cuffed for embezzlement) in the Kevin Hart co-starrer Get Hard and as Mugatu in Zoolander 2, among other roles. A Shakespearean theater company sounds like golden territory for Ferrell and his comic personae — especially anything involving a Mr. G–from–Summer Heights High–esque character.
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Spotlight on the Stars: Steve Carell

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to look at someone from the cast of the upcoming movie Foxcatcher. I had three incredibly talented men to choose from, but I ultimately went with Steve Carell, a talented comedic actor finally getting his time to shine dramatically. The man has been snubbed for Oscar attention before, but this very well could be the year that he finally breaks through and gets an Academy Award nomination. That would cement him not only as the A-list comedy star, but as a truly respected dramatic performer as well. As such, he’s a perfect candidate to shine a spotlight on today. Carell first got his start on the small screen, showing up on television programs like The Dana Carvey Show, Over the Top, Watching Ellie, and of course The Daily Show. The latter was where he really made his initial mark, playing a correspondent.
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Steve Carell to Lead Comedic Adaptation of the Serious Sci-Fi 'I.Q. 83'

After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove. The story would follow Carell as Dr. James Healey, a man who led a group of scientists to conduct a DNA experiment by unleashing an airborne virus that progressively lowers the Iq of those who have contracted it (you know, like reality television). Suddenly
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