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After a decade in features, Spin City writer-producer Jeff Lowell is returning to television with a single-camera comedy at NBC produced by ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment. The untitled project, which has received a script order, is a romantic comedy about a couple from the point of view of the man and the woman whose unspoken thoughts we can hear via voiceover. "It's a little bit like the balcony scene from Annie Hall," Lowell said, adding that he got the idea for the project from reflecting on his relationship with his wife -- together since they were 15-years-old. "The secret to happiness and a strong marriage is unexpressed thoughts," he said. Lowell and his family left Hollywood after his short stint on NBC's Inside Schwartz in 2001 and moved to Charlottesville, Va. He started writing movies and has had 3 produced: John Tucker Must Die, Over Her Dead Body and Hotel for Dogs. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Every year there's a celebrity interviewer who makes a name for him/herself by being awesome during a celebrity interview. Last year it was comic Matt Zeller. Johnny Simmons and Megan Fox sat down for your average press junket to promote Jennifer's Body. Zeller wanted to talk to Simmons about the young actor's role in Hotel for Dogs instead. At that point, Fox was just in the way, so Zeller had her wear a paper bag over her head so she wouldn't be a distraction. Trust me, it's funny when you watch it. This year it's Texas FM radio host and local television personality Gordon Keith. Zach Galifianakis was in the Good Morning Texas studio to promote his new movie It's Kind of a Funny Story. Keith, who's no stranger to the awkward interview, Between Two Ferns-ed the socks off his interviewee. Galifianakis appears taken aback when Keith asks him »
- Joshua Cohen
Julia Roberts' actress niece, Emma, has a good luck tradition every time one of her movies is released - she visits her local cinema, buys a ticket and then leaves.
The Hotel For Dogs star admits she doesn't even have to show up at the ticket office in disguise - because she rarely gets recognised.
Roberts tells WENN, "I go to the movie theatre and I buy a ticket for good luck, but I don't stay and watch (the film).
"I can just show up because I don't get recognised that much, because I'm much smaller in person than people assume.
"They think I'm really, really tall, so I can go in and out of places and not get noticed. I see everything. I saw Eat Pray Love (Julia Roberts film) at the theatre." »
"Glee's" Dianna Agron and Moon 's Dominique McElligott are the latest two names to be added to the short list for the female lead in Marc Webb's 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, says a report at Deadline , which also tosses in the out-of-left-field rumor that Phillip Seymour Hoffman may be up for the part of Venom. The current list of rumored Spider-Man candidates now includes Alice in Wonderland 's Mia Wasikowska, Lily Collins ( The Blind Side , Priest ), Ophelia Lovibond ( Nowhere Boy ), Imogen Poots ( 28 Weeks Later , the upcoming remake of Fright Night ), Teresa Palmer ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice , I Am Number Four ), Emma Roberts ( Hotel for Dogs , Valentine's Day ) and Emma Stone ( Zombieland , Easy A ). Though the Hoffman-as-Venom rumor may sound »
Producer McGWarner Bros. will be producing a new series from director McG aka Joseph McGinty Nichol. The series will be distributed by Dolphin Entertainment and the series is being described as an "action series," with the title "Aim High." Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) will direct and the film will involve espionage and romantic relationships at a local Los Angeles high school. Shooting is expected to begin shortly (October), with the first synopsis for the project below.
The synopsis for "Aim High:"
"'Aim High is the story of a young man leading a double life - juggling his studies by day and serving as a government agent by night. This series chronicles the life of Nick Green, a sophomore who’s just starting a new school year as one of the country’s 64 highly trained teenage operatives.
When he’s not handling international spies, Nick is dreaming of Amanda Meyers, »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
Emma Stone is the latest name to be added to the short list for the female lead in Marc Webb's 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and also may be up for a role in her Superbad costar's adaptation of 21 Jump Street , writes Variety . Stone's performance in Sony's current release of Easy A helped the film rake in more than double its original production budget in just the first weekend. Also added to the previous list of Spider-Man candidates is Alice in Wonderland 's Mia Wasikowska, joining Lily Collins ( The Blind Side , Priest ), Ophelia Lovibond ( Nowhere Boy ), Imogen Poots ( 28 Weeks Later , the upcoming remake of Fright Night ), Teresa Palmer ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice , I Am Number Four ) and Emma Roberts ( Hotel for Dogs , Valentine's Day ). »
David Ellis did not lay low after Snakes on a Plane, the first virally harvested movie property that absolutely did not translate to a blockbuster. He went on to make The Final Destination, the biggest film in that series, and he did stunts on Hotel for Dogs, so that had to be a grounding influence.
Actually, Ellis came from the stunt world, so he probably salivated when he heard the pitch for his next flick, the has-to-be 3-D Shark Night. The film will go in front of cameras next month in Louisiana, a destination so popular these days, it's almost not worth mentioning at this point.
Don't expect big stars here, although Joel David Moore from Avatar will be the comic relief. There weren't many of us, but those who saw Moore in Paris Hilton's cocaine bust...I mean The Hottie and the Nottie were shaking our heads during those early scenes of Avatar. »
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to start middle school. He doesn’t know what to expect or more importantly, how he’s going to survive it. Thankfully his mum has bought him a diary journal to write it all down in. Based on the incredibly successful book by Jeff Kinney.
Ignoring the usual suspects of Dreamworks and Disney, trying to find a children’s film for anyone of any age to enjoy is near impossible. While Disney and Co can provide us with the brilliance of Toy Story and Finding Nemo, the studios can only churn out so many each year. Children however, have a minimum of 12 weeks off school every year, and that’s not including weekly sleepovers, birthday parties, or a boring Sunday afternoon. »
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the successful children’s book series of the same name, is an amusing effort, but one which is perhaps fighting a losing battle from the start. While a decent helping of fun, and sure to provide a handful of laughs for the appropriate audience, something seems lost is translation here, and it may be a result of the book’s specific imagination-friendly positives.
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to enter middle school, and beyond the normal host of dread events that are life in public school for a stature-challenged American, Greg also has best friend Rowley to deal with. Rowley is the textbook example of how to get beat up in school, complete with glowing bicycle, and he’s thwarting any chance Greg has of moving up the school’s popularity scale.
Adding to the stresses of his daily life, Greg’s »
- Marc Eastman
This week, the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog learned of six possible candidates to play the love interest in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot. The lovely young ladies, ranging from ages 19 to 25, are meeting with director Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield within the month to discuss the role.
However, in a departure from Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Peter Parker’s girlfriend will not be the redheaded Mary Jane Watson. It seems the reboot will start with a different love interest, presumably Spidey’s first love Gwen Stacy.
Speculation is that Garfield’s age (27) could relocate the origin story from high school to undergraduate study at Empire State University, where he meets Stacy. In the comics, the two develop a romance until Stacy dies in a confrontation with the Green Goblin, and her untimely demise brings Parker closer to his eventual wife, Mary Jane. So it’s very possible they’ll both be introduced. »
- Jeff Leins
THR is reporting that director Marc Webb is narrowing down the list for the female lead in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. The love-interest character is not Mary Jane as was in the last three installments. Among the contenders are Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy), Lilly Collins (The Blind Side), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World). At this point, no decision has been made and another round of search could take place if Webb feel that none of the girls are right for the job. Stay tuned. Click here to read more about "Spider-Man." »
The Spider-Man reboot is looking for its female lead and Heat Vision claims to have the shortlist of actresses who have met for the part. The articles also states that the character of Mary Jane Watson will not be the film's love interest, leading to speculation that the storyline will add either Gwen Stacy, Felicia Hardy (the Black Cat), another of Peter Parker's past loves or may feature an all-new character created especially for the film. Heat Vision 's list includes the following (from left to right): Lily Collins ( The Blind Side , Priest ), Ophelia Lovibond ( Nowhere Boy ), Imogen Poots ( 28 Weeks Later , the upcoming remake of Fright Night ), Teresa Palmer ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice , I Am Number Four ) and Emma Roberts ( Hotel for Dogs , Valentine's Day »
Chicago – I am not (quite) yet old enough to have completely blocked out the socially treacherous days of middle school. For most kids, life is cruising smoothly until they get to middle school when cliques, popularity, and the opposite sex start to become a daily dilemma. Such is the subject matter of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” a cute-but-flawed family comedy with a few good laughs and strong supporting performances but generally silly tone that never quite comes together into something memorable.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
It’s probably due to the nature of its source material but “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is a remarkably episodic film, not unlike what I imagine it would be like to actually read a middle school boy’s diary. The “greatest hits” of a new dorky kid at school obviously makes for entertaining reading for young adults but it required a bit more shaping into a feature film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Picture the scene. Hordes of eleven and twelve year-olds are arriving for that terrifying first day at a new secondary school and, like all the others, Greg Heffley is nervous about fitting in.
It doesn't start well. His mother shrieks: "Have a great day, sweetie pie' as she drops him off. Totally embarrassing.
And then Greg's uncool best friend Rowley Jefferson makes it worse by calling out: 'Do you want to come and play?' Middle school kids 'hang out'. They do Not play. More humiliation for poor Greg.
We are at a suburban elementary school in a leafy suburb, which has been transformed into Westmore Middle School for the shoot.
After a long search for the »
- David Bentley
Co-starring Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and TV’s Emily Rios (ER), The Winning Season follows Sam Rockwell’s adult misfit as he is hired to coach a girl’s high school basketball team.
The film, which was also written by Strouse, was produced by Plum Pictures (Grace is Gone) and Gigi Films, Lionsgate having bought the UK rights at 2009′s Sundance Film Festival.
Roberts’ career, which has so far seen her play a teen detective (Nancy Drew), a valley girl (Wild Child) and a charitable dog-sitter (Hotel For Dogs), will take a turn for the bloody in Wes Craven’s upcoming Scream 4.
Here are the pics,
Reported by Steven Neish »
Why should only humans enjoy all the creamy delights of summertime when our gigantic, fur covered best friends are stuck with room temperature gravy train? That ain’t right. And finally, someone has come up with a solution: Ice cream for dogs!! It’s kind of like Hotel for Dogs, only minus the bed stains and Don Cheadle. Yes, this van offers creamy treats for the one member of the family you’d want to spend the rest of your life with, in flavors like chicken ice cream with a biscuit bone. Um, wait, that actually sounds delicious. And in case you were worried that only giant, man-shaped dogs can reach the window, good news! Baby dogs are also allowed! But for real, these dogs are monsters. That being said, if I was forced to take a dog to prom, it would probably the one of the right. Our imagined »
- Michelle Collins
When the cameras started rolling on the latest iteration of the Scream franchise this week a flurry of young actors joined Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as they stave off the latest serial killer to hit the town of Woodsboro. Marley Shelton (Death Proof), Anthony Anderson and Adam Brody all play detectives trying to stop the maniacal killer. Shelton’s character Deputy Hicks works under Dewey Riley (Arquette) while Brody’s character is a cop fresh out of college.
- Nicole Sperling
Film Composer, Brian Tyler, who was featured on the cover of Iae Magazine's Dec/Jan 2010 issue was recently honored at Ascap’s 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration on June 24th in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton.
According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) website, Tyler joined a host of other composers of the top box office film music and the most performed television music of 2009 at the organization’s event.
Those honored in the Top Box Office Films category were past Ascap Henry Mancini Award honorees Carter Burwell(The Blind Side, Where the Wild Things Are), John Debney (Hannah Montana The Movie, Hotel For Dogs), James Newton Howard (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Duplicity), Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog), Alan Silvestri (A Christmas Carol, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), and Hans Zimmer (Angels & Demons, It’s Complicated, »
Yesterday, we reported that Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs) had been cast as the lead in Wes Craven’s Scream 4. Last week, we also reported that Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) Lake Bell (It’s Complicated), and Rory Culkin (Mean Creek) were in talks to join the cast. Today, Variety reports that Panettiere and Culkin have officially come on board. As we previously reported, Panettiere would be playing Roberts’ nerdy best friend and Culkin would be playing Roberts’ love interest.
Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette are all returning with Craven working from a script by original writer Kevin Williamson. Hit the jump for more details on the project along with the official poster. Scream 4 is slated to hit theaters on April 15, 2011.
Not much is known about the film other than it will “be seen as a passing of the baton to a new generation of slasher victims.” So »
- Matt Goldberg
Update: It's been brought to my attention that Ms. Greene was never actually confirmed for the role, only rumored. While it is nonetheless likely that the actress won't be announcing much until the "Breaking Dawn" dates are set, there's really no mystery here, no replacement. Emma Roberts is in, very likely as Jill Prescott, and she's not replacing anyone.
There's been a lot of movement in the world of "Scream 4 over the past few weeks. The cast is growing, with Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Lake Bell confirmed for roles. "Twilight" star Ashley Greene was confirmed in the same report, to be playing Sidney Prescott's (Neve Campbell) niece Jill, but a new casting development suggests there's been a change.
- Adam Rosenberg
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