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Struggling through the costly, back-to-back box office debacles of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Jack the Giant Killer” this past March, New Line chief exec Toby Emmerich knew not to panic. Having risen up the ranks of the Time Warner-owned production outfit over the past 22 years, including nearly six as its president and chief operating officer, the 50-year-old executive has seen the company score momentous successes and endure its fair share of failure.
Indeed, New Line came roaring back in the summer with two surprise hits — James Wan’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s comedy “We’re the Millers.” Combined, the midbudget smashes have amassed about $600 million in worldwide ticket sales.
The company returns to the spotlight this week with the global launch of Peter Jackson’s sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — a year after “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $1 billion worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
Forbes has released its list of the most overpaid actors of 2013 – the stars that command large paychecks for films that ultimately bomb at the box office.
The financial magazine only looks at the last three films in which an actor has appeared in over the last three years, up until June 1, 2013. All actors considered had to have appeared in at least three films within that time frame, which excluded a number of people who frequent the list. For each movie, they calculated the studio’s return on investment, then totaled the sum and averaged it.
Adam Sandler Tops Overpaid Actors List
Coming out on top of the list is funnyman Adam Sandler, who still manages to get paid $15 million a flick, despite the fact that his last few movies haven’t delivered. While Jack & Jill managed to haul in $150 million, the film that put Adam Sandler in drag cost $80 million to make. »
The Gotham Independent Awards, the annual New York event that kicks off awards season, looked more like the Oscars this year — or at least the star-studded Independent Spirit Awards — with a roster of attendees that included Forest Whitaker, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto and Shailene Woodley.
But unlike so many other awards shows intent on predicting future Oscar winners, the ceremony sponsored by Independent Filmmaker Project stayed true to its roots by honoring a batch of quirkier winners.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a musical comedy starring Oscar Isaac, won best film. “Twelve Years a Slave,” which was nominated for the most (four) Gothams and is considered the Academy Awards frontrunner, was completely shut out of the gala at Manhattan’s Cipriani Wall Street. It even lost the night’s audience award to “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” a little-seen documentary about a ukelele virtuoso.
For the first time, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Adam Sandler stars as the title character, a shoe repairman blessed with the meta-physical ability to enter the lives of his customers. No details were given for Dustin Hoffman's role, although Steve Buscemi plays a character named Manny. They join a cast which also includes Dan Stevens, Sondra James and Method Man.
From both Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and Anne Heche (Save Me), the single-camera project stars the Private Practice alumna as a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman whose life on the edge is balanced by the fact that she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system.
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Walsh toplined ABC’s Private Practice for six seasons until its cancellation last January.
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- Megan Masters
NBC has handed an early pilot order to Bad Judge, a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by former Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The single-camera project, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche, was written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez Prods. and Heche have deals, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick executive produce alongside Walsh, Kultgen, Ferrell and McKay. Bad Judge was a late pitch buy last development season, and emerged as a contender for an off-cycle pilot order in March when Walsh started circling the project. Following »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Kate Walsh may be heading back to broadcast television. The Private Practice alum will star in and executive produce Bad Judge, a comedy that NBC has just picked up to pilot. The single-camera comedy hails from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance, as she also happens to be a judge in the San Bernardino Criminal Court system. Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Walsh,
- Lesley Goldberg
Steve Carell and his wife Nancy are writing and producing a comedy pilot for TBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, titled Tribeca, will focus on Angie Tribeca, a 10-year vet on the L.A.P.D.'s Really Heinous Crimes Unit. Described as a single-camera show, Tribeca will also feature a cast of "eccentric but brilliant" characters, who have no social filters despite the seriousness of their jobs. Carell will direct the pilot.
The actor has been keeping busy »
If travelling really does have the edge over arriving, Olivia Wilde must be enjoying the time of her life. It is no slight on this poised, intuitive performer to say that she has been on her way for most of her career. Each year has brought with it another handful of movies that might give her the success and recognition she deserves – or might not. But here she comes again anyway. The question being: when is she finally going to get there?
It's not that she has wanted for work or variety. She has acquitted herself well in delicate indies (Conversations with Other Women), intense, macho-method drama (Alpha Dog) and blockbusters festooned with CGI (Cowboys and Aliens, Tron: Legacy). She had a »
- Ryan Gilbey
HD Digital Release Date: Nov. 26, 2013, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.98
Gru and his minions were an even bigger force for laughs in Despicable Me 2. The sequel grossed a whopping $362 million at the box office, more than $100 million more than the original.
Steve Carell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) returns to voice the now reformed master criminal Gru, who’s trying to adjust his new life taking care of his three adopted daughters. But when the Anti-Villain League needs help investigating the theft of a secret Arctic laboratory, Gru is recruited and partners with eccentric agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids). Along with his Minions, Gru must solve the mystery while also keeping up his fatherly duties.
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, and blinkbox.
new to stream
Love Crime: wickedly, dryly funny arthouse satire on office politics, with a cleverly plotted crime at its heart [my review] [at Netflix] Real Steel: Hugh Jackman does robot boxing, and it is fun as hell [my review] [at Netflix]
because you missed it
The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Netflix] The Woodsman: Kevin Bacon is a pedophile trying to straight; Mos Def — in his first astonishing performance as an actor — is the cop who doesn’t believe he can [at Netflix]
always worth a rewatch
Friends with Benefits: one of the most unsentimental movies about GenX romance yet; Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are totally charming [at Lovefilm] The Ides of March: everything that’s fucked up about American political »
- MaryAnn Johanson
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein make for an unusual pair. Daley is best known as a television actor, starring on the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks and now on Bones. Goldstein is a well traveled sitcom writer, contributing to shows ranging from The PJs to The New Adventures of Old Christine. Together the two have become one of the most in-demand and successful screenwriting teams in Hollywood. Their produced work covers a range of genres: the adult dark comedy Horrible Bosses, the broad comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and this weekend’s release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. In the following interview with Daley and Goldstein, the writing duo discusses the genesis of their writing partnership, the re-writing process on Cloudy 2 and the difficulties of writing for animation. In addition Daley and Goldstein gave updates on a number of their upcoming projects: Horrible Bosses 2, »
- Tommy Cook
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $44.99, Blu-ray 3D $49.99
Yes, Disney’s Planes is like Cars in the sky.
The animated movie was originally planned to debut on DVD and Blu-ray, but flew to theaters first instead.
Planes tells the story a crop duster, appropriately named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook, Answers to Nothing), who dreams of flying in the greatest air race ever. However, he has two problems: He’s not built for speed and he’s afraid of heights. It’s his friends to the rescue as Dusty finds his courage.
The PG-rated family film’s voice cast also includes Stacy Keach (End of the Road), Brad Garrett (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Teri Hatcher (Coraline), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s Veep), John Cleese (Winnie the Pooh), Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Anthony Edwards (Flipped) and Val Kilmer »
No, it’s not an illusionnnnn - renowned entertainer David Copperfield has announced in a profile with Variety that he will be launching a film production company called Red Safe this week. Copperfield is an accomplished magician and illusionist with a storied career that started with his induction into the Society of American Magicians at the tender age of 12. After decades of TV specials that showcased those skills, like making an airplane and the Statue of Liberty disappear, that earned him dozens of Emmys, Copperfield has since settled into a new phase of his career: consulting on films that require a “magic” touch. Though you may not have heard about it, Copperfield’s expertise was used during the productions of Paranormal Activity, Now You See Me and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (he had a cameo in that one, too). Now, with Red Safe (name: where he keeps his tricks?), he is able to produce his own films »
- Samantha Wilson
“It’s still the same old story…” states a classic tune that became the theme of a classic Hollywood romantic flick (that’s Casablanca for you “geek-lings”). Well this new flick expands on another story from a flick that’s not quite as old. When Harry Met Sally from 1989 (really?) pondered whether men and women could remain good platonic pals without romance (you know, the love and the sex stuff) barging in. That answer (Spoiler Alert!): nope. Not gonna’ happen. Uh uh. But is that still the case? A brand new flick examines two friends that are a bit younger than Billy and Meg, and a bit more “working class”. And instead of the “Big Apple”, they’re in the “Windy City”. But most unlike the earlier pair, these two are Drinking Buddies, both off and on the job. Wha-?
You see, that’s because they both work at an independent brewery. »
- Jim Batts
I'm sure it won't that take long for someone to call me out and decry "he's an illusionist, not a magician!" If anyone deserves both titles, it's David Copperfield, an "entertainer" that I've been a fan of since I was a kid. I've watched Copperfield's shows throughout my entire life, now he's breaking into making movies - if he can pull it off. Copperfield has been a consultant in Hollywood for a few years, working recently on this year's two movies about magic - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me. In a Variety article profiling the magician, they unveil he's starting a production company called Red Safe launching this week. For anyone curiously raising their eyebrow now and wondering, "David Copperfield the magician as a movie producer, really?" Don't worry, he's actually a big fan of movies and storytelling. "Cinema is a magic effect," he explains (think »
- Alex Billington
Sitting in his very own multimillion-dollar Las Vegas museum of magic, Variety’s Billion Dollar Illusionist David Copperfield seems remarkably relaxed for a guy who has to make an automobile disappear in front of a paying crowd at the MGM Grand later in the evening.
Maybe it’s the time he’s spent at the top of the illusionist game, or the $4 billion he’s grossed along the way, or the fact that the famously no b.s. fellow magician Penn Jillette calls him “certainly, indisputably the greatest magician alive.”
Though he’s just turned 57 this month, consider how long he has been making magic:
The source of Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil “Love” show, the Beatles, were working on “The White Album” and fellow Las Vegas illusionist David Blaine was five years away from making his first appearance on earth when Copperfield became the youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians. »
- Steven Gaydos
Taxi Driver 2. Godfather Part 4. Jaws 6. These are the great movie reunions the world has been breathlessly awaiting. Now, to add to Scorsese and de Niro, Coppola and Pacino, and Spielberg and that rubber shark, we can add the names of Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers. A tweet from Daniels – who, incidentally, has just won an Emmy award for The Newsroom – has brought with it an on-set picture to mark the start of shoot for Dumb & Dumber To.
Forget the misbegotten Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the 2003 "prequel" - this is the real deal. The stars have aligned: for some reason, the Farrelly brothers have nothing better on than to revisit their 1994 debut, »
- Andrew Pulver
Theodore Melfi is in talks to direct the Going in Style remake for New Line Cinema. We reported in January that Don Scardino (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) was attached to direct, but negotiations were never finalized.
The timing worked out perfectly for Theodore Melfi, who also wrote the script for this comedy remake. The writer was in the middle of making his directorial debut with St. Vincent de Van Nuys, starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, when Don Scardino was originally supposed to shoot the film. He wouldn't have been able to commit to Going in Style if the studio had asked for an earlier shoot, as originally planned.
The1979 comedy Going in Style starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as three Brooklyn retirees who plan a bank heist using novelty Groucho Marx glasses. The studio will begin focusing on casting once Theodore Melfi's deal is finalized. »
Ted Melfi is in negotiations to direct New Line’s remake of the 1979 movie Going in Style. Don Scardino was originally on board the remake but left after the poor performance of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The original movie was directed by Martin Brest, who went on to direct Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, and (gulp) Gigli.
- Borys Kit
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