13 items from 2014
“I’ve become so disturbed by younger people!” “What? Younger people?” The trailer for Noah Baumbach’s forthcoming Frances Ha follow-up While We’re Young is undoubtedly the only teaser for a Ben Stiller vehicle to frame itself with quotes from Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder. Older couple Stiller and Naomi Watts meet younger partners Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried and ends up wandering around Bushwick; musings on aging and maturity follow, but it’s funny anyway. It’s also very nice to see Charles Grodin back in action, in his first feature since 2006’s The Ex. The film opens March 27. »
- Vadim Rizov
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 »
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, »
- Matt Goldberg
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.
Much like the characters implied by the title, Zombieland 2 keeps coming back to life. The original writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, have been thinking about a sequel for years and eventually spun some of those ideas into a Amazon TV pilot. The show was not picked up, and most thought that was the end. Like a […]
- Germain Lussier
As we know, a passage through the many Sundance labs doesn’t guarantee a gold ticket for Park City in January, but undoubtably its certainly a professional nudge in the right direction. A total of nine films (5 fiction) will be heading to the Labs (July 28 – August 1) with this year’s Creative Advisors including folk we’ve mentioned on several occasion here in Paul Mezey (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Pam Koffler (Boys Don’t Cry), Jay Van Hoy (Love is Strange) and Julie Lynn (Albert Nobbs). Among this year’s summer camp for film producers we have the likes of Riel Roch Decter (who produced 2013 SXSW entry The Wait
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- Eric Lavallee
Today marks the release of actor/filmmaker Zach Braff’s second directorial outing in Wish I Was Here, and it’s only his second film in a decade, after making his writing and directing debut with Garden State. During the past decade, he hasn’t even done too much in the way of movies, even after he left his hit television show Scrubs. Still, he’s got a new flick in theaters and I’m thrilled to have him back. Oddly enough though, a few articles this week have sort of bemoaned his return, so I wanted to counteract that negativity with some positivity, since I’m quite fond of his talents and hope he’s here to stay now. So, once again, I’m providing the optimist’s counterpoint. Braff spent the past ten years trying to get different projects off the ground, but they just never came to pass. »
- Joey Magidson
Alan Pardew has suggested that he won’t be afraid to use Newcastle new-boy Ayoze Perez in the Premier League next season as our efforts to sign a striker continue to falter.
The 22-year-old forward joined from Spanish Segunda Division club Tenerife earlier this month – our first permanent acquisition in 18-months – and was expected to spend the campaign acclimatising to life in England in the development squad under the guidance of Magpies great Peter Beardsley.
But a report in the Shields Gazette states that Perez will undergo extra strength and conditioning work during pre-season to prepare him for the speed and ferocity of the top-flight in a clear indication that Pardew will hasten his elevation into the first-team with a new forward seemingly not forthcoming.
“He’s slight, and has a bit of work to do in terms of his body and getting up to speed in the Premier League, »
- Jak Penny
Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” (pictured) won the narrative jury award at the Los Angeles Film Festival awards announced Thursday evening, while Debra Granik’s Vietnam vet story “Stray Dog” won the jury documentary prize. Damian John Harper’s “Los Ángeles” took the La Muse award. All three prizes carry a $5,000 cash award.
Audience awards went to Kerem Sanga’s “The Young Kieslowski” for narrative, Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel’s “Meet the Patels’ for documentary and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s “Someone You Love” for international film.
“This year the Los Angeles Film Festival reached a new high, thanks to the audiences who packed theaters in support of the films. We’re so proud of every single film and celebrate the winners!” said festival director Stephanie Allain in a statement.
- Pat Saperstein
One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of Barbie. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of […]
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- Germain Lussier
When news broke Monday that Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was expecting her first child, movie fans wondered: What’s going to happen to Avengers: Age of Ultron? More importantly, what’s going to happen to Black Widow in Age of Ultron? With principal photography set to start in the next month and Johansson reportedly due in August, it seems as though the actress’ pregnancy will align directly with the film’s shooting window.
In other words: that signature outfit and a baby bump won’t exactly mix.
So what’s a franchise to do? We’re pretty confident they wouldn »
- Andrea Towers
Director-producer teams are now invited to apply to Film Independent's Fast Track, the three-day film financing market that takes place in June during the La Film Fest (2014 dates Tba).The filmmakers selected for Fast Track will get a chance to meet with financiers, production companies and industry professionals with the goal of finding funding for their movies.Submitted projects must be feature length films, narrative and documentary, that are compelling and original. Fast Track is open to documentaries that have begun or completed production and are seeking finishing funds. Narratives must not have begun principal photography. One of the eligible Fast Track projects will receive Film Independent's Alfred P. Sloan Fast Track grant, a $15,000 production grant for a science based narrative film. Plus, all Fast Track filmmakers receive a pass to Laff 2014.Interested? You can apply here. »
- Beth Hanna
• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
13 items from 2014
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