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Big Bear Lake International Film Festival to Honor Lucy Walker, Heitor Pereira

16 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival has announced that director Lucy Walker and composer Heitor Pereira are recipients of the festival’s 2014 Achievement Awards.

We choose our honorees based on significant contributions to the films they’ve been involved with, and we look at the impact of their work,” said Erica Tennyson, executive director of the festival, in a statement. “Both of our recipients have impressive film resumes, and we’re truly honored to have them as our award recipients.”

The twice Oscar-nominated Walker is best known for her documentaries “The Crash Reel,” “Waste Land,” “Countdown to Zero” and “Devil’s Playground,” as well as a number of shorts, including “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.”

Pereira  has collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer on numerous films, and has scored such films as “The Smurfs,” “Despicable Me,” “It’s Complicated” and, most recently, “If I Stay.”

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- Shelli Weinstein

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Joan Rivers Dies at 81

4 September 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of “The Tonight Show” and star of TV’s “Fashion Police,” died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is

difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers had been admitted to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition.

A petite blonde firebrand, the always-wry Rivers, known for the catchphrase “Can we talk?,” was a pioneering confessional female comic, »

- Carmel Dagan and Pat Saperstein

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Joan Rivers Has Died at Age 81

4 September 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Joan Rivers, the Emmy-winning comedian and television host who enjoyed a decades-long career, has died. She was 81.

Rivers had been hospitalized since she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords on August 28. She was rushed to a New York City hospital, where she remained until her death Thursday.

Rivers's daughter, Melissa, released a statement about her mother's passing through her publicist Thursday afternoon:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. »

- Katie Roberts

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'Robot Chicken' Team to Direct Stop-Motion Adventure 'Superbago'

9 July 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Animation is teaming up with Robot Chicken producers/animators John Harvatine and Eric Towner for the stop motion animated project Superbago.

John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner are set to direct this tale centering on a pair of superhero wannabes. While Sony Pictures Animation is best known for family-friendly fare such as The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania, this project will cater to a different audience.

Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is producing alongside Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. Jared Hess is also co-writing the script alongside Ricky Blitt, Hubbel Palmer and Chris Bowman.

Here's what Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Sony Pictures Animation's production president, had to say about Superbago.

"Superbago is a unique new project for Sony Pictures Animation. I love that our studio has the luxury of not being tied down to one specific type of movie. Superbago will skew older than »

- MovieWeb

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Writers Hired for G.I. Joe 3 and Enchanted 2

3 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Paramount Pictures is moving forward with their plans for a third G.I. Joe movie, and they've hired Jonathan Lemkin to write the script. According to Variety, the story will focus on Dwayne Johnson's character, Roadblock, who was introduced in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Lemkin has previously worked on films such as Shooter with Mark Wahlberg, Devil's Advocate with Keanu Reeves, and Lethal Weapon 4. The studio is hoping to get the sequel into production in 2015 for a 2016 release. As big of a fan I am of the G.I. Joe franchise, the live-action movies that have been made sure have been a big letdown. This is one franchise I wouldn't mind seeing rebooted. 

In other news, Disney has decided to dust off their plans for an Enchanted sequel and move it into development. The studio has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to take on the duties of writing the screenplay. »

- Joey Paur

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What’s That, Little Bluebird? ‘Enchanted’ is Getting a Sequel?

2 July 2014 6:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Seven years after Disney brought Amy Adams into our lives as the real life princess that we’d always dreamed could exist, they’re attempting to make magic happen again with a sequel to their 2007 hit Enchanted, according to Deadline. In that first movie, doe-eyed, full of wonder and dressed like an adorable cupcake Giselle (Adams) peeled herself away from the animated kingdom of Andalasia when a wicked queen (Susan Sarandon) banished her to plain old regular Earth for fear that she would marry her princely stepson (James Marsden) and unseat her from her throne. With Enchanted 2 now a reality, maybe that means Giselle and her true love from New York City (Patrick Dempsey) didn’t wind up happily ever after as it so tidily seemed at the end of the first film. Or Prince Edward and his equally earthly girlfriend (Idina Menzel) weren’t exactly a match either. Having »

- Samantha Wilson

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A sequel to 'Enchanted' is in the works

2 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Seven years after Amy Adams brought fairy tales into modern New York City, Enchanted is—finally!—continuing after ever, ever after, according to Deadline.

J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (Shrek 2, The Smurfs) will write a sequel to Enchanted, with Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) set to direct the follow-up to Disney’s worldwide hit, according to Deadline’s report. There currently isn’t any word on whether any or all of the original stars—Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon, among others—will return, or what exactly the plot details will be. »

- Erin Strecker

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'Enchanted' Sequel Still Kicking, Now with 'Shrek 2' Writers on Board

2 July 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been four years since we heard about Disney developing a sequel to their fairytale comedy Enchanted starring Oscar nominee Amy Adams. And it's been even longer since the 2007 film hit theaters, but that's not stopping Disney from keeping their hopes for Enchanted 2 high as Deadline reports a pair of writers have been hired to script the film. David N. WeissJ. David Stem are set to script the film, and with films like Are We There Yet?, Daddy Day Camp and The Smurfs in their past, that doesn't inspire much confidence. But there's a glimmer of hope as the duo also scripted Shrek 2, which is a solid sequel. Read on! It's not clear who will all be returning from the first film, but one would hope that Amy Adams is a high priority, and there probably shouldn't be a sequel without her unless it focuses on another princess. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'G.I. Joe 3' and 'Enchanted 2' Land New Screenwriters

2 July 2014 8:09 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

A pair of sequels have found new writers, the first of which is G.I. Joe 3, which will be written by Jonathan Lemkin (Shooter) with the expectation the film will center around Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock character. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is not expected to return as Paramount is planning a 2016 release. Then we come to Disney, who seems to have just remembered their now seven-year-old live-action/animated hybrid Enchanted was a hit and have brought in The Smurfs and Shrek 2 screenwriters, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, to write Enchanted 2 with Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) attached to direct. No word on which members of the original cast, which included Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden, will return. Variety / Deadline »

- Brad Brevet

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Writers Hired for Enchanted 2 and G.I. Joe 3

2 July 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

If you've been looking forward to sequels for G.I. Joe and Disney's Enchanted, then there's some good news coming your way.  Progress on the sequels are moving forward as the studios have now hired writers for each project.  Come inside for all the details and see who'll be penning the scripts!

I know, these properties have almost nothing in common, but considering they're both sequels, both of which just hired writers, I felt it better to lump them together into one article than a pair of smaller ones.  So let's get to it. 

First of all, Deadline dropped the news that many Disney fans are sure to be excited about, as one of their most underrated films (according to many) is finally getting a sequel.  J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write the script for Enchanted 2 which is expected to bring back some of the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Enchanted Sequel is Moving Forward with The Smurfs Writers

2 July 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It's been seven years since Disney released its "Enchanted" film, which stars Amy Adams and grossed $340 million on a budget of $85 million. Even though a sequel was rumored almost immediately, it's only now that the studio hired writers to write the screenplay. Those writers are J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, the duo behind "The Smurfs" and "Shrek 2." Kevin Lima is not returning to direct. He'll be replaced by Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip, 27 Dresses). In the original film, a fairytale princess is sent to our world by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? »

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Disney planning Enchanted 2

2 July 2014 2:14 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Disney is set to move forward with a sequel to 2007 smash, Enchanted, with a pair of screenwriters having been hired to begin work on a script. According to Deadline, J. David Stern and David N. Weiss are set to begin work on the project, having cut their teeth in the family arena on the likes of Shrek 2 and The Smurfs. The original film was a critical and commercial smash for Disney, earning plaudits for its willingness to send up the studio's fairytale tropes, while also scoring $340 million at the global box office. Hopefully any sequel...

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- George Wales

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Screenwriters hired for Enchanted 2

2 July 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It's been seven years since Disney wonderfully transplanted their classic animated tales to the realm of live-action with Enchanted, and while a sequel has been rumoured for a while now, it looks like we are finally getting some traction on the project with The Smurfs and Shrek 2 writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss hired to pen the script. Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) is at the helm for the sequel, though there is no word on whether Amy Adams will return as the first live action Disney princess, or if any of the cast, including Patrick Dempsey, James Madsen, Timothy Spall, and Susan Sarandon, will be coming back. But, considering the reception she has gotten because of Frozen, I suspect Idina Menzel will see her small role elevated for the follow up. via Deadline »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Disney hires Shrek 2 writers for the Enchanted sequel

2 July 2014 1:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney’s live-action fairytale satire Enchanted came out seven years ago, to widespread acclaim and a whopping $340 million at the global box office. Talk of a follow-up has been going on for years, but the studio only started showing serious intentions on making it happen earlier this year, when they hired The Guilt Trip director Anne Fletcher to take the helm.

According to Deadline, Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been brought on board to pen the new screenplay, and though the stars of the first film haven’t been announced yet, they are likely to reprise their roles.

Directed by Kevin LimaEnchanted starred Amy Adams as Giselle, a Disney princess who gets banished from her animated fantasy world by an evil queen and must fend for herself in live-action modern day Manhattan. Adams was joined by James Marsden (X-Men), Susan Sarandon »

- James Garcia

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Enchanted 2 Moves Forward With New Writers

1 July 2014 7:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I have no qualms about admitting that I absolutely loved Enchanted. Filled with incredibly catchy musical numbers (“That’s How You Know” and “Happy Working Song” spring most to mind), hilarious characters, a remarkably self-aware script and a winningly upbeat spirit, it was one of the most plainly fun movies of 2007.

Of course, when the film came out, there was talk of a sequel, but nothing ever really came together. As a big fan of Enchanted, I thought maybe that was a good thing. After all, the story wasn’t exactly conducive to a follow-up, and I didn’t want there to be any chance that an inferior sequel could in any way diminish the spell cast by the original. In a post-Frozen world, however, it appears that there’s new interest in Enchanted 2.

Today brings news that J. David Stern and David N. Weiss have been hired by »

- Isaac Feldberg

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"Enchanted 2," "GI Joe 3" Score New Scribes

1 July 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Shrek 2" and "The Smurfs" scribes J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been brought on to pen a sequel to Disney's 2007 musical fantasy tale "Enchanted". Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal," "The Guilt Trip") will helm this entry which had a previous draft written by Jessie Nelson.

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel and Susan Sarandon starred in the first film about an animated Disney princess who crosses over into the real world. It went on to make $340 million at the worldwide box office.

In other sequel script news, Jonathan Lemkin ("Shooter," "Devil's Advocate") has been hired to pen the third "G.I. Joe" film for Paramount Pictures. The new installment is expected to revolve around Dwayne Johnson’s character Roadblock.

The film is aiming to get into production in the second quarter of 2015 ahead of a Summer 2016 release. Jon Chu was originally slated to return as director, that's no longer the case. »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Ashley Benson boards 'Pixels'; Plus, Liam Hemsworth, more

1 July 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson has joined the cast of Pixels, a Sony comedy starring Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage as a group of ’80s video game champions who President Kevin James calls on to save the day when aliens attack using strategies from those games. Benson will play a character named Lady Lisa, described as “a beautiful warrior from the fictional ’80s video game Dojo Quest.” [The Wrap]

• Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson may team up for the Western action thriller By Way of Helena. The story follows a Texas ranger (Hemsworth) in the 1880s »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Enchanted 2' Moves Forward with 'The Smurfs 2' Writers

1 July 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Four years after it was first announced in February 2010, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with Enchanted 2, bringing on The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to pen the script.

Our first report revealed that Jessie Nelson (Because I Said So) was writing the sequel, but it isn't known if J. David Stem and David N. Weiss are starting over from scratch, or working from the first draft. No story details have been released.

Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) is directing, with Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld returning to produce.

It isn't clear yet if original Enchanted stars Amy Adams and James Marsden will reprise their roles as Giselle and Prince Edward. The original story centered on Giselle, a fairy tale princess who is sent to the real world by an evil queen, where she meets and falls for a »

- MovieWeb

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Disney Casts ‘Enchanted 2′ Spell With ‘Smurfs’ Scribes

1 July 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Seven years after Disney‘s live-action princess adventure Enchanted scored Golden Globe and Oscar noms and a $340M worldwide box office, the Mouse House is moving again on a sequel. Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2, marking the scripting duo’s latest live-action family outing after penning Are We There Yet? and Daddy Day Camp for Sony. Amy Adams starred and sang in the first pic in an eerily accurate portrayal of Giselle, the animated Disney princess who crosses over into the real world, opposite Patrick Dempsey, […] »

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First Look: Promo Image Shows Off Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Popeye'

18 June 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Some time ago, Sony Pictures decided to push back their animated adaptation of the classic sailor Popeye to an unknown release. But thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that is currently underway in Las Vegas, we have our first look at the film from Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky by way of a promotional image picked up by Collider. The quality isn’t very good, but it doesn give off the vibe of an animation style not entirely unlike what we’ve seen in the Peanuts movie or the Oscar-nominated short film Get a Horse! The style of the characters stays true to the drawings, but gives them another dimension. Look! Here's the first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Popeye from Collider: Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, “Dexter’s Laboratory” and "Clone Wars") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs). The Sony Pictures Animation film »

- Ethan Anderton

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