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Jason Reitman’s next directorial effort has been announced and it’s going to be a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the book The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. This is the first project developed since DreamWorks Animations’ restructuring and looks to be Reitman’s feature followup to 2014’s Men, Women & Children.
The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend was written and illustrated by The New York Times bestselling author Dan Santat, and subsequently named 2015’s “most distinguished American picture book for children,” thus being awarded the Caldecott Medal. According to Deadline, the newly announced adaptation will be written and directed by Reitman and overseen by Dwa development exec Damon Ross and Head of Development Gregg Taylor.
The story follows an imaginary friend, born far away on an unknown island. He waits patiently for a real child to choose him but is continually overlooked and eventually decides to take control of his own fate. »
- William Fanelli
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Young Adult") is set to pen and direct an adaptation of Dan Santat's award-winning children's book "The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend" for DreamWorks Animation.
Beekle follows an odd imaginary friend whom no kid could possibly imagine, so he sets off on an unimaginable journey to the land of people in search of a best friend.
This marks the first project to be put into development by Dreamworks' recently appointed Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. It's also Reitman's first animated feature.
Source: The Los Angeles Times »
- Garth Franklin
DreamWorks Animation has found a very real director for the story of an imaginary friend, as the Academy Award-nominated Jason Reitman is set to write and direct Beekle, based on the award-winning children’s book, “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.”
It is the first foray into animation for Reitman, the celebrated director of films including the Academy Award-nominated “Juno,” “Thank You For Smoking,” “Young Adult,” “Labor Day,” “Men, Women & Children,” and the Academy Award-nominated “Up in the Air,” for which Reitman earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay.
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat, “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to the most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Michelle McCue
He's had trouble with his recent films as a director for adults – both Labor Day and Men, Women & Children faltered critically and commercially – so Jason Reitman will be hoping for more success with a family audience, sealing a deal to write and direct Beekle for DreamWorks Animation. Reitman will adapt The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Dan Santat’s Caldecott Medal-winning story of an imaginary friend who searches for a child to connect with. With luck, it’ll let him recapture the comic tone he showed to such successful effect in Juno and Thank You For Smoking, albeit with a PG or U rating. "I was book shopping with my daughter, when a little tooth-shaped character in a paper crown stole our hearts," Reitman explains. "His name was Beekle, and I'm honoured to now be adapting Santat's charming story into a feature film. I'm particularly proud to be working with DreamWorks Animation, »
Jason Reitman needs redemption after his 2014 flop "Men, Women & Children" and tepidly received 2013 awards-hopeful-that-couldn't "Labor Day." The typically adult-leaning director of "Thank You for Smoking," witty Oscar nominees "Juno" and "Up in the Air" and under-appreciated and acidic "Young Adult" will now write and direct "Beekle" for DreamWorks Animation. The story of an oddball imaginary friend who embarks on a magical journey to find his perfect (real-life) match, the project marks Reitman's first animated effort, and DreamWorks Animation's first project under new co-presidents Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. The studio is feeling confident after racking up nearly $350 million worldwide for this year's animated "Home," and is taking sweet time on promising projects, including 2016's "Kung Fu Panda 3." DreamWorks Animation development exec Damon Ross brought the project to the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno) is about to make a major departure for his next project. The Wrap reports Reitman has signed on to write and direct his first animated film, an adaptation of the children's book "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend," for DreamWorks Animation. No release date was announced. "Beekle" has already won the 2015 Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for children's picture books. Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the book. Below is the book's official plot synopsis from bn url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-adventures-of-beekle-dan-santat/1117137006cean=9780316199988" text="Barnes & Noble". This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match »
- Cory Woodroof
Fresh off the massively disappointing box office of his underrated ensemble drama Men, Women & Children (I liked it!), filmmaker Jason Reitman is poised to make his first foray into the world of animation. Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated Juno and Thank You For Smoking director has signed on to write and direct Beekle for DreamWorks Animation. The movie is an adaptation of the children’s book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which revolves around an imaginary friend who, after becoming tired of waiting around to be chosen by a real child, takes off on a magical journey on his own. This is a curious move for both Reitman and DreamWorks Animation. The studio has been suffering as of late with box office disappointments like Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Penguins of Madagascar. It’s recently gone through a significant behind-the-scenes change, as the studio will restructure its focus to »
- Adam Chitwood
Jason Reitman has been on a downward spiral since Up in the Air, and his latest film, last year’s Men, Women & Children, was the worst of the bunch, preachy, tone-deaf and utterly ill-conceived from first frame to last. Now, it appears that the once-promising helmer is taking refuge in less heavy fare – he’s signed on to write and direct Beekle, an adaptation of Dan Santat’s award-winning children’s novel The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, for DreamWorks Animation.
The project marks Reitman’s first venture into animated cinema – his past movies include Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Young Adult and Labor Day, all aimed at much older audiences than Beekle. DreamWorks Animation is hot on Santat’s story, which won the 2015 Caldecott Medal (given annually to the finest American picture book for kids). It centers on an imaginary friend so unique and strange that no child »
- Isaac Feldberg
The adaptation of the award-winning children’s book, “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” brings the Oscar-nominated filmmaker into the DreamWorks Animation fold. It also marks the first project to be put into development under newly appointed co-presidents of feature animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, giving an indication of the creative direction they hope to take at the studio.
DreamWorks Animation scored a surprise hit with last spring’s “Home,” but the studio has struggled in recent months following failed sales to SoftBank and Hasbro, as well as a series of film flops. The studio is trying to get costs under control following a series of layoffs and the sale of its Glendale, Calif., campus. It »
- Brent Lang
Eight years on, Juno MacGuff and Brenda are to be reunited. Or rather Ellen Page and Allison Janney will be sharing a screen again. They've both signed up for Sian Heder's comedy drama Tallulah.Babies are involved again, too, although this time rather differently. The plot revolves around a bored Beverly Hills housewife who hires "free spirit" Page as a babysitter. Page is then initially thought to have kidnapped the kid, but forms a deep friendship with the mother, and with the mother of her ex-boyfriend, who somehow becomes involved.Heder has most recently been writing and story editing on Orange Is The New Black, and Tallulah marks her feature writing/directing debut, after a couple of short films. She's also an actress, but no-one's yet saying that she's earmarked a role for herself.“We believe in emotionally-charged stories with universal themes,” says producer Russell Levine. “This project has »
Ellen Page and Allison Janney are attached to star in the dramatic comedy “Tallulah,” which will mark the directorial debut of “Orange Is the New Black” writer Sian Heder, TheWrap has learned. Page and Janney (pictured above in 2008) previously worked together on Jason Reitman‘s “Juno” and Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely.” Story follows a woman who rescues a baby from her reckless mother and pretends the child is hers, with the help of her ex-boyfriend’s mother. Everyone assumes the baby girl has been kidnapped, and when she is returned to her rightful mother, the three women form a close bond. »
- Jeff Sneider
Whether or not you honest to blog liked Diablo Cody's "Juno," you can't deny that Ellen Page and Allison Janney are generally great whatever they're in. The two appeared together again a couple years back in Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely," and now they've got another project cooking. Screen Daily reports that Page and Janney will star in "Tallulah." The feature directorial debut of "Orange Is The New Black" writer Sian Heder follows a woman who rescues a baby from a reckless mother but is accused of kidnapping the child. She pretends the child is hers along with her ex-boyfriend, but a bond is soon formed with the birth mother. Sounds like a mix of the wacky and serious, and given Heder's 'Orange' background, that probably shouldn't be a problem. Nor will having Janney and Page in the lead roles. Cameras roll in June. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Imogen Poots, Sarah Silverman and Tim Meadows will co-star in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy "Conner4real" from the Lonely Island trio, Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions. Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are directing and co-starring in the film.
Andy Samberg plays a rapper who reunites with his former boy band after his latest solo album flops. Silverman plays his sarcastic publicist, Meadows his overworked manager, and Poots his potential love interest. [Source: The Wrap]
Ang Lee's film adaptation of Ben Fountain's novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" has found its squad of Iraq War veterans to join Joe Alwyn in the title role. Also onboard are Makenzie Leigh as his Texas cheerleader love interest, Arturo Castro as Mango, Barney Harris as Sykes, Beau Knapp as Crack, Mason Lee as Foo, Brian 'Astro' Bradley as Lodis, and Ismael Cruz Cordova as Holiday.
Set entirely during football game, »
- Garth Franklin
On May 12, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to be excited as there are a ton of great titles making their way onto Blu-ray and DVD. Anchor Bay is unleashing The Drownsman this week and Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial, the latest from The Vicious Brothers, as well. Kino Lorber also has several fun cult titles getting a high-def overhaul this week, including X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Premature Burial. For all you Troma lovers out there, The Toxic Avenger III is getting repackaged in a fun Blu/DVD combo pack featuring some new content that should thrill all the Toxie fans out there.
After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett, Antisocial) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention. »
- Heather Wixson
The Vicious Brothers look to the skies in their latest film, Extraterrestrial, hitting Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 11th. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of the alien abduction film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Still reeling from her parents' divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), and a group of his friends back to the cabin where she spent summers as a child. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet, along with »
- Derek Anderson
Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and the Flash. In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.
Directed by »
- Scott J. Davis
Three-time Oscar champ Meryl Streep rocks the house in the just-released trailer for her film "Ricki and the Flash." Director Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs") make his return for this film about a rock-and-roll musician who is great in her career but having her home life fall apart. Streep's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer plays her fictional daughter having a relationship crisis. The film is written by Diablo Cody ("Juno") and also stars Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, and Rick Springfield. It opens in theaters on August 7 and could bring Streep her record 20th career Academy Award acting nomination. Yahoo Movies -Break- Matt Brennan declares they "might as well give Mo'Nique her Emmy" now for HBO's upcoming telefilm "Bessie." He says her supporting performance as Ma Rainey "steals the show" and that "her intense, razor-like charisma" are out front in the biopic of blues legend Bessie Smit...' »
Traditionally, the Oscars haven't been very comedy-friendly, but "Ricki And The Flash" is stacked with talent no academy could ignore. Written by Diablo Cody (Oscar winner for "Juno"), directed by Jonathan Demme (Oscar winner for "The Silence Of The Lambs") and starring Meryl Streep (winner of everything, always), the film follows the titular rock goddess as she attempts to reconcile with the family she neglected when fame came calling. Ricki's daughter is played by Streep's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer and her bandmate is played by real-life rock star Rick Springfield. Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan and Empress of Broadway Audra McDonald also star. "Ricki And The Flash" comes out July 26. See it with your mom! Read More: Watch: Danny Trejo Gets Animated In Exclusive Clip From Netflix Original 'Puss In Boots' »
- Elizabeth Logan
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "Ricki and the Flash" comedy/drama, starring Meryl Streep, her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield and Kevin Kline. Check it out below. Plot: Street plays Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. The new movie is directed by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) from a script by Diablo Cody (Young Adult, Juno). It's set to hit theaters on August 7th. Trailer: »
The movie follows a woman (Streep) who lost her family while chasing her dream of breaking into the music business.
Ricki is then given one final chance at stardom and to make things right with her family.
Last year, it emerged that Streep had been taking guitar lessons in preparation for the film.
Ricki and the Flash will be released in the Us and UK on August 7. »
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