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Director Shawn Levy talks Night at the Museum – Fmtv Exclusive

18 December 2014 8:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth TV’s Amon Warmann got a chance to chat with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) about the franchise’s final movie (or so it’s claimed – expect a Night at the Museum 4 Part A announcement eventually). Check out them talk about everything from Real Steel to movie cameos.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

The cast includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, »

- Oli Davis

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'Kong: Skull Island' Casts J.K. Simmons

15 December 2014 12:31 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fresh off his buzzworthy performance in the hit indie Whiplash, J.K. Simmons has signed on to join Tom Hiddleston in Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island. No details were given for either of the actor's characters, although we reported last week that the plot, "will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous&#160home of the king of the apes&#160as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island." Legendary's story&#160honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.

It isn't clear at this time if Kong: Skull Island will be a period piece, or if it will be set in present day. We reported in October that screenwriter John Gatins (Need for Speed, Real Steel) has come aboard to rewrite the original script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son). Jordan Vogt-Roberts was set to direct back in September, »

- MovieWeb

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Here’s The Reason Why Shawn Levy Left The Minecraft Movie

12 December 2014 1:17 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Warner Bros.’ big video game adaptation, Minecraft, won’t be hitting cinema screens anytime soon, after it was reported earlier this week that director Shawn Levy had left the movie. Signing onto the adaptation of Mojang Games’ best-selling game in October, it was a fast turnaround when he bowed out less than two months later. At the time there was little reason given for his sharp exit, but Levy has since opened up about the topic in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (via /Film).

On the surface, it seems like the brief reason offered in the initial announcement – creative differences – holds true. In a lighthearted approach, Levy jokingly says he’s “let the children of America down,” before expanding on the specifics of the split:

What happened simply is, Warners asked me to develop kind of how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it’s not a narrative game. »

- Gem Seddon

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Writers and director quit the Minecraft movie

9 December 2014 10:43 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Minecraft movie hits a sizeable stumbling block, as its core creative team leaves the project.

Uh-oh. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Warner Bros had snagged the rights to make a film based on the videogaming phenomenon, Minecraft. Then, we learned that Shawn Levy (Night At The Museum trilogy, Real Steel) was set to direct the film, working with screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michelle Mulroney.

But it seems all hasn't gone to plan there, as the trio have walked away from the Minecraft project. The three of them had been developing their idea for which way the Minecraft film should go, and they presented this to Warner Bros and Mojang - the firm behind the game - last month.

Yet according to Variety, what they came up with "didn't mesh" with what Mojang was looking for. Hence their departure, it seems.

Warner Bros remains insistent that Minecraft is high up its priority list, »

- simonbrew

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Shawn Levy Won’t Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie

9 December 2014 10:15 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last month it was reported that Real Steel/Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy would helm a big screen adaptation of the popular video game Minecraft. Now it turns out that Levy won’t direct the movie after all. Justin Kroll has learned that “Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have decided to leave” after the […]

The post Shawn Levy Won’t Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Jake Gyllenhaal shows off his new look in first Southpaw image

28 November 2014 2:38 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to Deadline, we’ve got our first look at a near-unrecognisable Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) in director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) upcoming boxing drama Southpaw,; having dropped 25 pounds for his last room as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, the actor has now added 15 pounds of muscle for his role as Billy ‘The Great’ Hope, a southpaw junior middleweight champion who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to fight his way to redemption…

“I’m so pumped, man,” states Fuqua. “Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie News: All-Star 'Going in Style' Remake; Melissa McCarthy Will Be Tinker Bell

20 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Going in Style: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a remake of the gentle 1979 comedy Going in Style. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as retired friends who decide to rob a bank; Zach Braff is in talks to direct the remake. [Variety/TheWrap]   Tinker Bell: Melissa McCarthy will play the fairy heroine Tinker Bell in a new comedy-adventure to be directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel). Levy came up with the idea and developed it further with McCarthy; Nicholas Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted) has been hired to write the screenplay. [Deadline]   Big Eyes: New photos from Tim Burton's upcoming true-life drama Big Eyes showcase dramatic moments for married couple Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Also...

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Melissa McCarthy to play Tinker Bell for Shawn Levy

20 November 2014 2:44 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox has acquired an untitled comedy-adventure film focusing on Tinker Bell, the fairy sidekick of Peter Pan, and have cast Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Tammy) in the role. Shawn Levy, who directed by Night at the Museum films and Real Steel, is on board to helm the project.

Deadline describes the film as a “fresh take” on the iconic character, which was originally pitched by Levy himself and will be fleshed out by McCarthy. Sex Tape, The Muppets, and Get Him To The Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller is on board to write the script.

Levy, who’s latest movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters next month, has yet to pick his next project, but has a few options at his disposal. He was recently attached to a modern retelling of the Arabian Nights story 40 Thieves for Fox, and Warner Brothers’ Minecraft adaptation. Deadline »

- James Garcia

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FX Plans A "From Hell" TV Series

18 November 2014 5:14 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.

One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.

The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.

Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time »

- Garth Franklin

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Evan Peters & others testing for lead in Shawn Levy's 40 Thieves

13 November 2014 12:22 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Wrap is reporting Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night At The Museum) will direct a new take on the Arabian Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" for Fox called 40 Thieves. The project is being described as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," similar to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Guardians Of The Galaxy. The site also has some information on who is being considered for the lead role Allen, who might be a stand-in for Ali Baba. »

- Jesse Giroux

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Shawn Levy To Direct Forty Thieves; Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters And More Testing For Lead Role

12 November 2014 6:50 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

TheWrap is reporting that director Shawn Levy is in talks with 20th Century Fox to helm a new take on the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story. Conveniently titled Forty Thieves, the film is said to be in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy and will be an “adventure film with strong comedic undertones.”

No lead has been set just yet, but the report states that several young candidates are in the running, and they include Liam Hemsworth, Dan Stevens and Evan Peters. While I’d love to see Peters get a bit more exposure, the fact that Levy just worked with Stevens on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb probably gives the former Downton Abbey star a bit of an edge. At this point, however, it’s anyone’s game as all three actors are still testing.

Unfortunately, we »

- Matt Joseph

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Shawn Levy to Direct Ali Baba Redo Forty Thieves; Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters, and More Testing for Lead

12 November 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After making his first foray into drama to mostly successful results with This Is Where I Leave You, filmmaker Shawn Levy is lining up another large-scale picture.  The Wrap reports that Levy will direct a new take on the folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for 20th Century Fox called Forty Thieves.  The project is described as being in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy (already this one’s a point of reference?), and is envisioned as “an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones.”  Hit the jump to find out which actors have been testing for the lead role. Per The Wrap, The Hunger Games alum Liam Hemsworth, former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, and American Horror Story alum Evan Peters (who also played scene-stealer Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past) are testing for the role of Allen, the young male »

- Adam Chitwood

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Review: Big Hero 6

7 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Walt Disney Animation Studios team continues to knock hits out of the park, following up Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen with this weekend's adaptation of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams (Bolt), Big Hero 6 is perhaps a first in presenting modern Asian-American leads as positive role models in a major Hollywood studio production for children. 

Young Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is something of a robotics savant, hustling cash in the underground world of robot fighting a la Real Steel. He's encouraged by older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to apply himself and join him in the advanced robotics program led by Roberto Callaghan (James Cromwell). There he meets fellow students Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (Tj Miller).

An unexpected disaster leaves Hiro reeling, and with the help of his friends and Baymax (Scott Adsit), his brother's helpful medical robot, »

- Mike Saulters

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Yes No Maybe So: Chappie

5 November 2014 6:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here to play our favorite trailer watching game.

Is it safe to say that of the 47 films to have been nominated for Best Picture ever since the category's expansion, District 9 remains the oddest, with its sci-fi concept, low-tech execution and lack of big name recognition? Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley followed that up with Elysium which very few of us have thought about since it came out. They’re re-teamed for Chappie which, well, I’ll just give you the synopsis:

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes »

- Manuel Betancourt

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The Way Big Hero Looks in the Moonlight

5 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As you read this I am en route to L.A. to join Anne Marie & Margaret at the AFI this week so expect coverage of A Most Violent Year and The Gambler premieres, a sneak peek at Selma, a Sophia Loren tribute, and more. But before that all start, and as I fly over some of you, brief thoughts on...

Three Screenings

The Way He Looks 

Opens November 7th in limited release

Glenn has already smiled upon this Brazilian coming-of-age film in our ongoing Oscar foreign film race coverage but I wanted to offer my own thumbs way up, too. Like all niche audiences, Lgbt people are sometimes too forgiving of bad movies so long as they meet their particular niche needs. But you can love The Way He Looks without any of the guilt that sometimes accompanies pleasure because it's very good.

This affecting high school drama is a »

- NATHANIEL R

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Film Review: Disturbingly Refreshing, Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’ is an Anti-Hero You Can’t Stop Watching

31 October 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “No one talks like that,” I kept thinking to myself about this noir thriller. But that said, “Nightcrawler” is driven by just about the most entertaining dialogue from one person I’ve seen all year.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Despite the fact that he’s living in a warped alternate version of the reality you and I know, you can’t stop listening to the way a narcissistic, zombie-like Jake Gyllenhaal puts people in their place. You know immediately that this typically 180-pound man – who shed 20 pounds to become the gaunt Lou Bloom and is hungry both literally and figuratively – is more than an odd bird. He clearly exhibits sociopathic behavior and that side of him is certainly disturbing, but there’s another side I actually find refreshing.

He doesn’t sugar coat because he doesn’t know how to. He speaks so decisively and matter-of-factly. His words are the epitome of being blunt, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy on Manipulation and Ditching the Character Arc

31 October 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s rare to see a directorial debut that is a total home run, but that’s Nightcrawler in a nutshell. The film’s writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is not, however, some rookie who got lucky. He’s been a screenwriter for years, with credits on films like The Fall, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. He was the writer […]

The post Interview: ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy on Manipulation and Ditching the Character Arc appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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What Does The Ending Of Nightcrawler Really Mean?

31 October 2014 6:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Open Road Films/Entertainment One

This week sees the release of Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest that sees him even further show his impressive range as an actor. First unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, the film has been riding a massive wave of hype, with many 5 star reviews labelling it one of the best films of the year. Now it’s in cinemas, it appears the critical praise was indeed justified; Nightcrawler is a tense, unrelenting movie that, like the horrible accidents our anti-hero makes a living from filming, is both inherently captivating and eye-coveringly repulsive.

Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal’s most psychotic role yet, is an incredibly captivating character, clear from the first scene a dangerous sociopath, and will no doubt in time stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Travis Bickle and Patrick Bateman. First time director Dan Gilroy may not have the most prominent track record, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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King Kong prequel Skull Island hires Flight writer John Gatins

31 October 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Gatins is writing a new draft of King Kong prequel Skull Island.

The Flight writer is working on a new version of the original draft by Godzilla's Max Borenstein, reports Deadline.

Tom Hiddleston is attached to star in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts's film.

Legendary Pictures' movie will be set on the island home of King Kong and his monstrous brethren.

Gatins's credits include the Need For Speed film and Real Steel.

Skull Island will be released on November 4, 2016. »

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New writer hired for King Kong origin film, Skull Island

31 October 2014 12:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John Gatins boards the King Kong origin film, Skull Island, that's set to be headlined by Tom Hiddleston...

Legendary Pictures continues to make progress on its King Kong origin story movie, Skull Island. It announced earlier this year that it's earmarked the movie for a November 4th 2016 release date, and since then, it's apppointed Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the film. If you've not had a chance to see Vogt-Roberts' last movie, The Kings Of Summer, then we can't recommend it enough.

But back to Skull Island. Max Borenstein, who penned the recent Godzilla movie, had worked on the last draft of the screenplay. But Deadline is now reporting that John Gatins has been hired to take a pass at it.

Gatins worked on the screenplays for films such as Coach Carter, Real Steel and Need For Speed, and then picked up an Oscar nomination for writing Flight. He'll presumably be »

- simonbrew

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