17 items from 2014
Fresh off the heels of his role as President Business in The Lego Movie, Will Ferrell is starting to get more involved in the business side of making movies. Gary Sanchez Productions, which Ferrell runs alongside Anchorman director Adam McKay, has signed on to produce a big-screen adaptation of 80s cult TV series Manimal. Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson are also tapped to produce, while Key & Peele scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are working on the script.
Manimal, which had a brief, eight-episode run on television in 1983, follows Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who fought crime by morphing into animals. While it is not surprising that a show with that premise was cancelled so abruptly, Ferrell and McKay are promising additions to a film that could be very funny. With Manimal, Sony Pictures Animation hopes to have a hybrid of live-action and animation, similar to their Smurfs franchise, »
- Jordan Adler
It only ran on NBC for 8 episodes back in 1983. Its legacy is that of one of the worst television shows of all time, a title spoken about only as a punchline. Now Anchorman creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will bring “Manimal” to the big screen. We truly live in strange times.
Dr Jonathan Chase... wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts.
From Africa's deepest recesses to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father's legacy and the world's darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man... Manimal!
“Manimal” is one of those TV show ideas that probably sounded good on paper. A dashing, aristocratic British adventurer raised in Africa (played by Simon MacCorkindale, "Falcon Crest") gains the power to transform into any animal of his choosing (though for »
On a desperate network that aired shows about a talking car and a sarcastic, cat-craving alien, Manimal still holds a special place in the annals of programming infamy. Simon MacCorkindale starred as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy crime-fighter who could morph into all sorts of fierce animal creatures. Since it was still 1983, you can imagine how cheesy the special effects were, and the series was cancelled by NBC after only eight episodes, forever making Manimal a punchline.
- Jeff Labrecque
It’s too bad this is what it takes to get an appearance from Will and Sonny.
Rafe visits Ari, and he’s scruffy and bleary-eyed, and looks hungover. Ari asks him to please get his stank breath out of her face.
Sonny excuses himself to take a shower. Of course, we’re stuck looking at Will and Rafe.
Sami is in her … no … this can’t be her wedding outfit, can it? She looks like she’s getting married at The Cheetah in between pole dances.
Ciara is angling to be named flower girl at the wedding, and she’ll cut a bitch to make it happen. Oh, darn, Sydney is the official flower girl. Wanna bet Sydney suffers a tragic hopscotch accident? Well, at least they’ll have chalk for the outline.
Will tells Rafe how happy he was when Rafe was with Sami. Oh sure, he was »
Maleficent got off to a strong start in the U.S. and abroad this weekend, while Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West flopped.Disney's big-budget reimagining of Sleeping Beauty earned $69.4 million at the domestic box office, which is the biggest debut ever for star Angelina Jolie. Meanwhile, it grossed roughly $100 million overseas, which is a significant improvement over 2013's Oz The Great and Powerful.Overall business was about even with the same weekend last year, when Now You See Me and After Earth opened to $29.4 million and $27.5 million, respectively.Playing at 3,948 locations, Maleficent opened noticeably higher than Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million), which debuted on the same weekend two years ago. Still, it was nowhere near Alice in Wonderland (2010), and also wound up a bit shy of Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million).Maleficent's success can be attributed in part to the enduring »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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If someone put a gun to your head, then asked the following question: Who would you rather see in a Flintstones reboot – Seth MacFarlane or Will Ferrell? What would you say? Thankfully, none of us will be doing a prehistoric Sophie’s Choice anytime soon, because the decision’s already been made. THR reports that Ferrell and Anchorman series director Adam McKay will be executive producers on a new Flintstones movie for Warner Bros., with frequent Ferrell collaborator Chris Henchy penning the script (Henchy also wrote Land of the Lost, The Campaign, The Other Guys and the upcoming Ferrell vehicle Daddy’s Home). MacFarlane mounted a Flintstones TV reboot in 2011, but it fell apart for various reasons. Some (the executives at Fox) said the script was no good, while others (Seth MacFarlane) said MacFarlane was just too busy to work on it. Who knows where the truth lies. An executive producer slot on this new Flintstones doesn »
- Adam Bellotto
It seems that Warner Bros. is planning a full-length animated "Flintstones" project, with Will Ferrell and his frequent creative collaborator Adam McKay producing through their Gary Sanchez Production shingle (at least according to The Hollywood Reporter). What's more is that Chris Henchy, another partner in Gary Sanchez and a writer on such Sanchez projects as HBO's genuinely amazing "Eastbound & Down" and the somewhat less inspiring political comedy "The Campaign," will be writing the screenplay. While a cast hasn't been announced yet, we've already begun saying prayers for Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play Fred and Barney.
The prospect of remaking "The Flintstones" seems like a simple enough proposition. It's not the most sophisticated property to update (and the series itself is just a stone-age retelling of "The Honeymooners"). But it has become increasingly difficult to adapt the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon (which, before "The Simpsons," was the longest running »
- Drew Taylor
Yabbadabawhatthef*ck?? Because Will Ferrell had such a successful time adapting “Land Of the Lost,” he’s now teaming up with buddy Adam McKay to (exec) produce a new animated version of “The Flintstones.” To be fair, Ferrell didn’t produce or help develop “Land Of The Lost,” but that stone-age comedy was slapped with a PG-13 rating and bombed hard back in 2009. And now "The Flintstones" seems to be headed towards a PG-rating. A full-length animated feature, THR reports that Ferrell and McKay are executive producing a version of “The Flintstones” for Warner Bros. via their Gary Sanchez shingle. The project is currently in development, and Chris Henchy, who wrote the Ferrell/Galifianakis comedy “The Campaign,” is writing the script (which may not bode well--that movie was pretty godawful, to be frank). One could guess "The Flintstones" could be one of the recently dated untitled animated films that WB put on their docket, »
- Edward Davis
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Universal Pictures president of marketing Josh Goldstine is poised to become head of worldwide marketing at the studio, according to several people familiar with the negotiations. Michael Moses, co-prexy of Universal marketing, will continue to report to Goldstine.
In his new role, Goldstine will take on additional responsibilities for international theatrical marketing, assuming part of the duties formerly held by David Kosse, the well-respected 10-year Uni veteran and international president. Kosse opted to remain in London rather than move to the United States where Universal Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jeff Shell opted to relocate the studio’s head of international theatrical operations. Kosse’s duties included overseeing international distribution and marketing, as well as global production. Duncan Clark continues in his role as president of international distribution.
Goldstine has spent three years in his current »
- Alexandra Cheney
Update: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire just beat out such films as Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf Of Wall Street for Movie Of The Year in the conclusion of the MTV Movie Awards. Even though Johnny Depp presented, the award was accepted by Josh Hutcherson. Nobody else showed up. Yowza. Earlier: So what’s happening in the vitally important MTV Movie Awards? Well, Conan O’Brien–who would win if there was an award for Most Screwed Over For Network Late Night Slot after guys who came behind him have the big network gigs while he’s still the best show on TBS–took the stage on a design that seemed to be inspired by where the Sleestaks lived on Land Of The Lost. I can tell you Jared Leto won Best On-Screen Transformation for getting dolled up for Dallas Buyers Club (I bet he puts the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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I’m typically not a fan of modern cinematic interpretations of classic television. Let’s face it, Hollywood doesn’t really have the best track record with these types of movies. All I have to do is point to films like Land of the Lost, Speed Racer, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Dudley Do-Right to make my point. Thankfully though, Mr. Peabody & Sherman doesn’t follow suit and instead rises to the top.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a genius dog and his adopted son Sherman. In order to give Sherman the best education possible, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell) creates a time machine called the Wabac (pronounced “way back”) and takes him to various historical moments in the past. When Sherman goes to school for the first time, this expanded education ruffles the feathers of his newfound class rival, Penny Peterson (Burrell’s Modern Family »
- Dane Jackson
Yeah, we know. "Prometheus" is so two years ago, but after the Oscars last night and the extensive coverage that has followed, you might need a palate cleanser. And this is a good way to go. Someone in the vast wilds of the internet realized that footage from Will Ferrell's ill-advised and kinda bad "Land Of The Lost" is not unlike scenes from Ridley Scott's sci-fi saga. So of course, the logical next step was make a new trailer for "Land Of The Lost," doing it shot-for-shot with the teaser for "Prometheus" and the results are pretty great actually. It's a clever re-edit and certainly makes that 2009 comedy look better than it has any right to. So turn off your brain for a minute if you're still in the midst of a post-Oscar hangover, and watch below. [Reddit] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the pantheon of movies based on television shows, there’s way more bad than good. Actually, now that I think about it, they probably don’t even deserve their own pantheon—more like a dimly lit janitorial closet or a Burger King bathroom. Sure, there’s some high-quality examples like The Untouchables or The Fugitive, but more often than not you end up with Lost in Space or Land of the Lost. When the content’s flowing in the other direction, from big screen to small, there’s a slightly better hit-to-holy-bananas-what-a-miss ratio, but still for every M*A »
- Keith Staskiewicz
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17 items from 2014
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