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The Hobbit: It's not the final, final good-bye, but Peter Jackson is getting ready to say good-bye to Gandalf and the rest of the gang. He has assembled the troops for "an intense few weeks" of pick-up shots for the remaining film(s) in The Hobbit trilogy, including Ian McKellen in full costume as Gandalf. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due in theaters on December 13, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again due in December 2014. [Peter Jackson on Facebook] Angry Birds: The big-screen version of wildly popular mobile game app Angry Birds is moving forward with the hiring of screenwriter Jon Vitti, cowriter of The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks, as well as The Simpsons TV series, King of the Hill and others. That appears to signal that a...
- Peter Martin
The Hobbit: It's not the final, final goodbye, but Peter Jackson is getting ready to say goodbye to Gandalf and the rest of the gang. He has assembled the troops for "an intense few weeks" of pick-up shots for the remaining film(s) in The Hobbit trilogy, including Ian McKellen in full costume as Gandalf. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due in theaters on December 13, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again due in December 2014. [Peter Jackson on Facebook] Angry Birds: The big-screen version of wildly popular mobile game app Angry Birds is moving forward with the hiring of screenwriter Jon Vitti, co-writer of The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks, as well as The Simpsons TV series, King of the Hill, and others. That appears to signal that a...
- Peter Martin
There are some days in your life that you want to remember. Your sweet sixteen. Your wedding. Having a child. Finally beating your sister at Trivial Pursuit. Well today is the day I get to tell you guys that a movie based on an app has found its director. Blessed be! App developer Rovio Entertainment put out a press release today stating their game Angry Birds will be the first feature directed by Jon Vitti, an Emmy Award-winning former writer and producer for such comedy powerhouses as King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show and The Office, but is best known for his work on The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie. He also wrote Alvin and the Chipmunks and its squeakquel, but we.re keeping quiet about those. Let.s spend a second surprisingly happy with this decision rather than hating on the whole thing entirely (as I.m »
Squawking dispiriting phrases like "brand awareness" and "built-in audience", Sony last week flew away from a fraught auction with the Angry Birds film rights clutched in its quivering talons. And the man tasked with giving the ubiquitous phone app a coherent narrative? Veteran American comedy writer Jon Vitti.The Emmy Award-winning Vitti looks like a pretty canny choice. The hugely respected writer cut his teeth on Saturday Night Live, before stints on The Simpsons, The Critic, The Larry Sanders Show, King Of The Hill, and The (Us) Office. But if sketch comedy and sit-com have been his domain on TV (albeit sometimes in cartoon form), on the big screen he's been exclusively about animation, consulting on the Ice Age films, Robots and Horton Hears A Who, and contributing a writing credit to The Simpsons Movie. He also co-wrote Alvin & The Chipmunks and its Squeakquel, if you were worried that he didn't appear kid-friendly enough already. »
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“I’m very excited that Jon and Catherine have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise,” Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement. “I’m confident we are building the right team to deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans.”
Winder, meanwhile, served as prexy of Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, where she oversaw set-up, production and development at LucasFilm Animation »
- Andrew Stewart
The idea to make a movie based on insanely-popular game "Angry Birds" was first introduced years ago, but the project had yet to gain any forward momentum. Now (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how eager you are to see those birds fly in 3-D), it looks like the film will come to fruition after all, with sources telling The Wrap that veteran screenwriter Jon Vitti has been hired to pen a script. Vitti, an Emmy-winning writer and producer on shows such as “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” and “The Office,” is no stranger to turning existing stories into successful big screen features, having contributed his writing and consulting talents to films such as “The Simpsons Movie,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and the first two “Ice Age” movies. But he may face an uphill battle with "Angry Birds," which has no real plot and whose outcome is based purely on gamers' performance. »
- Katie Roberts
Rovio Entertainment announced today that comedy writer Jon Vitti, a veteran of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office, and The Larry Sanders Show, will write the screenplay for Angry Birds - the upcoming animated 3D film based on Rovio's bestselling app. Additionally, veteran producer Catherine Winder is joining the production team that includes producer John Cohen (Despicable Me) and executive producer David Maisel (Iron Man) . The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will to be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures..
Vitti won an Emmy Award for his work as writer-consulting producer on King of the Hill. He was also a writer for Saturday Night Live, writer-producer on The Simpsons, writer-co-executive producer on The Larry Sanders Show, and writer-consulting producer on The Office, among many other programs. Jon also shared a writing credit on the feature films The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Rovio Entertainment has tapped veteran comedy and animation scribe Jon Vitti to pen the script for its animated 3D film based on the Angry Birds app. At the same time, veteran producer Catherine Winder is boarding the production team that already includes producer John Cohen (Despicable Me) and executive producer David Maisel (Iron Man) . Sony Pictures is distributing the movie and has a July 1, 2016 date penciled in. Vitti won an Emmy for his work on King of the Hill, was a longtime writer-producer on The Simpsons and worked on The Simpsons Movie. His other credits include Saturday
- Borys Kit
Will we find out what makes the birds so angry? Will all of our burning questions as to why the pigs are taunting the birds and why they all just can't get along? Maybe, as the Angry Birds movie has moved closer to reality with the hiring of a screenwriter. Emmy-winner Jon Vitti - best known for working on The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and The Office - has landed the job. Vitti's film credits include co-writing The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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Hold your jokes about "The Simpsons Movie" -- the makers of CBS's summer miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Under the Dome" are already aware of the similarities in plot between the two properties, and are planning to give the Simpsons a shout-out. Unlike the Springfield saga, the 13-episode series, which will start June 24 at 10pm, is very serious -- it'll tell a dramatic tale of Chester's Mill, Maine, which finds itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an impenetrable transparent barrier. Danish "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev helmed the first episode, with Neal Baer acting as showrunner. Mike Vogel ("Bates Motel"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight") and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") are among the cast members. Check out the trailer, which easily looks better than CBS's promos for its new fall shows, below.
- Alison Willmore
Hold your jokes about "The Simpsons Movie" -- the makers of CBS's summer miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Under the Dome" are already aware of the similarities in plot between the two properties, and are planning to give the Simpsons a shout-out. Unlike the Springfield saga, the 13-episode series, which will start June 24 at 10pm, is very serious -- it'll tell a dramatic tale of Chester's Mill, Maine, which finds itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an impenetrable transparent barrier. Danish "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev helmed the first episode, with Neal Baer acting as showrunner. Mike Vogel ("Bates Motel"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight") and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") are among the cast members. Check out the trailer, which easily looks better than CBS's promos for its new fall shows, below. »
- Alison Willmore
So many articles focus on the Best of everything; The top 10 sports movies, the best 25 killers in horror movie history, the 50 greatest cartoon characters…
This leaves the mundane, mediocre, run-of-the-mill, everyday entities feeling ever so left out. And I for one am starting to feel sorry for them.
So, I thought to myself, “why not write something about the most mediocre thing I can think of?” And the first mediocre thing that sprang to mind was food. Junk food, to be more specific.
With that in mind, I had to try and somehow make the topic of junk food – an embodiment of mediocrity – in to an article worthy of WhatCulture. So what about junk food in movies?
There have, of course, been countless great scenes in cinema history that have involved junk food: The Whammyburger scene in Falling Down when Michael Douglas’ character goes a little crazy, the Mr. Smiley »
- Kev Stewart
Looking at those animated studio logos that tell you a film's about to start – and the ones that do things a little bit differently
This week's Clip joint is by Dominic Graham, who blogs about film at Fifty Word Film Reviews. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the ever-present ads in the margins of our web-vision, we are so used to studio intros that we no longer actually see them.
In researching this blog I failed to find a name for the following phenomenon – so for the purposes of this post we'll call them "bespoke idents". If done well these can not only encourage you to remember who produced the film, but cannily get the audience onside by starting the movie early. It's an in-joke of sorts – prompting a pre-credit smile, or instilling sense of unease …
- Guardian readers
After being on the air for around two decades, "The Simpsons" TV show was eventually turned into a movie in 2007. "The Simpsons Movie" ended up becoming a huge hit for 20th Century Fox, grossing $527 million on a $75 million budget. THR has now caught up with creator Matt Groening to find out when fans can expect a sequel. "It took us four years [to make the movie] and it killed us, it stole animators from the show," said Groening. "[But] maybe [in] another 10, 15 years." It may be difficult to focus on the show and work on the movie all at the same time, but Groening said that it's even more difficult since "we've got about 400 or 500 characters. About 50 per episode." »
David Silverman directed the 2007 film adaptation of Fox's beloved animated series The Simpsons in which Homer pollutes Springfield's water supply and all hell breaks loose. It's not terribly far from your typical TV episode, but the movie had a whopping 11 writers attached to it. While the group's dedication paid off, THR reports, in a recent interview with series creator Matt Groening, that it took four years to create an epic Simpsons adventure for the big screen. "It killed us," Groening told the website. The Simpsons Movie raked in over $500 million at the box office, but Groening and company aren't in a rush to get cracking on a second moneymaker since the first "stole animators from the show" and tapped every resource...
- Alison Nastasi
Although its $500 million box office gross was more than enough to force an automatic sequel and maybe even a spin-off TV series, The Simpsons Movie seems unlikely to get a follow-up anytime soon, according to Matt Groening. At a UCLA panel with producer-director David Silverman, Groening said of the 2007 film, “It took us four years and it killed us,” the process of drawing and then broadcasting it live for every single screening proving to be a terrible strain on the animators’ wrists. Also, he continued, it “stole animators from the show” while draining other resources, such as the »
Back in 2007, after years of rumors and anticipation, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie finally headed to the big screen in The Simpsons Movie. Fans mostly enjoyed the film, and even series naysayers like myself found a good amount of entertainment, which made many wonder if there would be a sequel coming down the road. However, if series creator Matt Groening and producer David Silverman have anything to say about it, a sequel is a long, long ways off. Speaking at UCLA's annual entertainment symposium for a Q&A, Groening talked about the first film saying, ""It took us four years [to make] and it killed us." Read on! THR reports Groening explained that it made the show difficult to manage because it took animators away from the series to complete the movie. That prompted longtime producer and director David Silverman in "maybe another 10, 15 years" we would see a sequel. That's quite a long ways away, »
- Ethan Anderton
Two of TV's funniest families have their sights set on possible feature treatments, but they may not show up on screens any time soon. Matt Groening's hit animated series The Simpsons, now in its 24th season, already has one successful feature film under its belt, but don't expect another one any time soon. Arrested Development-creator Mitchell Hurwitz is currently experiencing a rejuvenation of the family comedy series thanks to a fourth season production at Netflix. So how long will it be until a movie deal gets made for the Bluth and Simpsons families? Hit the jump to find out. Fans of The Simpsons Movie who want a follow-up feature may be waiting quite a while. THR reports that Groening and producer/director David Silverman have no plans to produce another movie for 10-15 years. Here's Groening's reasoning: “It took us four years [to make the movie] and it killed us… it stole animators from the show. »
- Dave Trumbore
The Simpsons Movie was a box office hit, but don't expect to see a sequel any time soon. In fact, don't expect to see it for at least a decade. Speaking at a UCLA event, creator Matt Groening and producer David Silverman said that the toll making the movie took on them was extensive. Consider the fact that The Simpsons was on their air for almost 20 years before the movie was produced and that should tell you something. But, The Simpsons Movie took four years to make and required »
- Alex Maidy
To quote Homer Simpson: “TV gives so much and asks so little.” The same could be said for “The Simpsons” itself, which has for the last 25 years blazed a yellow trail through television history, with a record-breaking twenty-four (and counting) seasons, one hit movie, and an army of Springfielders so extensive that half of them don’t seem to recognize each other from one episode to the next. So, in light of the show’s creator Matt Groening, along with long-time producer-director David Silverman, conceding to a symposium of entertainment lawyers last week that they have no immediate plans for a follow-up to “The Simpsons Movie,” we can, perhaps, forgive them a little downtime. Speaking at UCLA, Groening recalled the pressure of juggling the production of the 2007 feature alongside its TV counterpart: “It took us four years [to make the movie] and it killed us… it stole animators from the show.” Silverman projected that »
- India Ross
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