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Geoffrey Blake (Forrest Gump) and Dillon Lane (Bucket And Skinner’s Epic Adventures) have joined the cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Blake, repped by Michael Levine of Levine Management, will play Colonel George Hockley, Sam Houston’s most trusted confidant and adviser, who senses the unrest among the men before the Alamo, but supports Houston even as others question his leadership. Lane will play Yancey Burns, one of the youngest Rangers who goes on a dangerous mission to help rescue his friend Truett Fincham’s family. Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) has landed a recurring role in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
This year’s list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras.
The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York Times with 10, and Google Inc. with nine. Among the online videos nominated is “24 Hours of Happy,” a 24-hour music video starring Pharrell Williams.
The winners of the 18th annual awards will be announced April 29. The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Internet experts and professionals. »
- Associated Press
Some casting news you can use... First, for the big screen, Danny Glover has booked a role in the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for Ice Age and last year's Epic. Glover joins Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Frank Whaley, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in what is said to be a tent-pole project for Paramount titled Monster Trucks. Plot details are being kept underwraps, but, given the title, one can only speculate that it's maybe a Transformers rip-off? Its budget is listed at $125 million. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is penning the script. Glover plays a man who runs a junkyard. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paramount Pictures is gearing up for production of Monster Trucks . The Hollywood Reporter says that Frank Whaley, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany have joined Lucas Till and Jane Levy in the May 29, 2015 release. To be directed by Chris Wedge ( Epic , Ice Age ), the film will reportedly be about a young man (Till) who befriends a monster truck and is described as having a Transformers -meets- Gremlins vibe by the trade. They add that Whaley will play Till's father, a man who's been drifting from job to job since leaving his son a decade earlier. Glover is a man who runs a junkyard. Derek Connolly, who penned the upcoming Jurassic World , wrote the most recent draft of the script for the $125 million production. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are teaming up for a Peanuts movie due November 2015. Craig Schulz, son of the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, remarked, "It's long overdue. The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right." Schulz will produce the first Peanuts feature adaptation since 1980 with son Bryan Schulz, Paul Feig (The Heat), Michael J. Travers (Epic), and Cornelius Uliano. Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will direct from a script by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Uliano. Check out the first two images from the production after the jump plus comments from the filmmakers on protecting the legacy, embracing 3D CGI, and visiting Snoopy's fantasy world. Following up on the belief that now is the right time for a new Peanuts movie, Craig Schulz hopes to put any doubts to rest in the USA Today »
- Brendan Bettinger
DreamWorks Animation has released their fun sci-fi comedy short Almost Home online for everyone to see. You can see the short on the big screen as well. It's attached to the studio's feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which was actually a really fun kids flick.
Almost Home is an adaptation of the children's book by Adam Rex, and the story follows an alien race on a search for a planet to hide from a mortal enemy. The leader of the alien race is actually voiced by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and it was written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). Here is the synopsis:
An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor, »
- Joey Paur
This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, »
- Ethan Anderton
After weeks of ironing out budgetary concerns, Paramount is pulling the trigger on its next franchise hopeful, Monster Trucks, and is in deep casting mode. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' The latest: actor-director Frank Whaley and Danny Glover are boarding the production, joining Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in the tentpole, which is acting as the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for his work Ice Age and last year's Epic. The studio already has deals in place with Lucas Till, the up-
- Borys Kit
Ajobe - who was unable to take part in the Judges' Houses stage of the competition because of visa issues - will not perform in any of the future X Factor dates, leaving Sterling Ramsay and Joey James to continue as a duo.
Reports have suggested that Ajobe was forced out of the tour after a heated argument backstage.
"The remaining Rough Copy members Sterling and Joey will continue to perform on the tour as a duo."
CAA has signed actor, writer, and comedian Aziz Ansari, who co-stars in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. The actor, who had been at UTA, just opened his third Netflix hourlong stand-up special Buried Alive, and resumes touring next month. Anzari most recently voiced the Fox animated film Epic and made a short cameo until he fell into the pits of hell in This is The End. Before that he appeared in 30 Minutes Or Less and Funny People. Ansari separately is writing a book for Penguin Press about how modern dating has been complicated by the Internet and other technological innovations. The book comes out next year. Ansari continues to be repped by Apa for books and comedy touring, managed by Apa Dave Becky and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment, and lawyered by Jared Levine. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
CAA has signed Aziz Ansari, the multi-hyphenate comedian. Ansari has been one of the stars of NBC’s Parks and Recreation since the show’s debut in 2009 and balances stand-up comedy with film work. Photos: Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott on the Set of 'Parks and Recreation' He recently debuted his highly anticipated third hourlong stand-up special Buried Alive on Netflix and is set to resume his Modern Romance comedy tour across the U.S. this month. On the film side, he lent his voice to last year’s Fox animated movie Epic and made a cameo
- Borys Kit
In 2004 the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was in it’s fourth year. Three very different films were nominated (“The Triplets of Belleville,” “Brother Bear,” and “Finding Nemo”), with ‘Nemo’ taking home the award. Since then demand for high-performing animated films has skyrocketed. In 2013, three animated features made it into the top 10 grossing movies of the year (“Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” and “Monsters University”), bringing in over $600 million combined. Needless to say, Hollywood plans on riding this wave for the foreseeable future, and The Hollywood Reporter recently held a roundtable discussion with some of this year’s Best Animated Feature nominees. THR film editor Gregg Kilday and technology writer Carolyn Giardina brought together Chris Buck (co-director of “Frozen”), Dan Scanlon (director of “Monsters University”), Chris Wedge (director of “Epic”), Kristine Belson (producer of “The Croods”), and Chris Meledandri (Illumination CEO and a producer of »
- Joshua Encinias
Amanda Seyfried is set to reunite with her A Million Ways to Die in the West director/co-star Seth MacFarlane for the Universal Pictures comedy sequel Ted 2. No character details were given, but the actress is said to be playing the female lead.
Mark Wahlberg is reprising his Ted role as John Bennett, a grown man who lives with his foul-mouthed teddy bear that came to life when he was a child. Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori Collins in the original, is said to be returning in a tiny role, that may end up being cut from the film. The decision to give Mila Kunis a lesser role comes strictly from a creative standpoint, and not any animosity between Seth MacFarlane and the actress, who still voices Meg on his Fox animated TV series Family Guy.
In a YouTube video titled: "Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my hall," Team USA's Kate Hansen documented a wolf walking through her Sochi accommodations. Or was it a stray dog? Either way, since the video went viral, it's come out that the wolf video was revealed to be a hoax, courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel. Hansen, a 21-year-old luger, already secured viral fame with her Beyoncé warmup dance, and now it seems that she teamed up with Jimmy to post a video of a wild-looking animal roaming her hall. Looks like we can add Internet hoaxes to the list of #SochiProblems, aka all the crazy logistical problems going down in the Russian resort town during the Olympics. Watch Jimmy explaining the prank below. »
- Annie Gabillet
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “magic realism”
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Thank you, Winter’s Tale movie — aka A New York Winter’s Tale in the U.K. in order that, I suspect, it not be confused with Shakespeare, which was never going to happen — for confirming what I’ve always felt about the weasel phrase “magic realism”: that it is a feeble, lazy attempt to dress up in literary pretensions an inability to fully commit to fantasy. This might not be true of the Mark Helprin novel this is based on; I haven’t read it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Yes, "The Lego Movie" might be super-clever and subversive and far better than anyone was expecting, but that's not how Hollywood sees it. As we feared, the success of the toy movie has sent executives scrambling to find anything that can be found on the shelves of Toys 'R Us so they can turn it into a movie. And that's why "Monster Trucks" is a totally a thing now. First announced last summer, the live action/animated hybrid will be directed by Chris Wedge ("Ice Age," "Epic") with Paramount aiming for "a 'Transformers'-like franchise," because obviously. And now The Wrap reveals that "Suburgatory" and "Evil Dead" star Jane Levy will lead the film alongside Havok aka Lucas Till. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger ("Kung Fu Panda," "Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked") have penned the script for this thing, though no plot details have been revealed yet (though we presume it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Evil Dead 's Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class ' Lucas Till are, according to TheWrap , being eyed by Paramount Pictures to take leading roles in the upcoming Monster Trucks . The live action/CGI hybrid is to be directed by Chris Wedge ( Ice Age , Epic ). The screenplay for Monster Trucks arrives from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who also wrote DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants sequel. No plot details have been revealed as of yet, although a release date of May 29, 2015 has already been set. That's likely to shift, however, unless Paramount gives Monster Trucks a green light and moves into production immediately. (Photo Source: Daniel Tanner / WENN.com »
Before Thom received Mpse’s highest honor, he took the stage to collect his Golden Reel for “Epic,” beating out “Frozen” for best sound and music editing in animation. “I wasn’t ready to be nervous yet,” he said.
Lucas used to call Thom the “sound Buddha” because for the first 10 years working together Lucas never heard him say anything. “[Thom] just adds things in without having to question everything,” Lucas said.
Thom returned the praise »
- Nikara Johns
The 37-year-old decided to lend his voice to the animated film last year so his sons, James, 10, and Henry, four, could finally watch one of his movies, but admits they weren't huge fans, reports people.com
Asked if they had seen any of his work, the Irish star said at the premiere of his new film, "Winter's Tale": "Epic - (but) they didn't know it was me, so that was kind of a bummer. They seemed to think it was all right. I don't think it went to the top of their favourite list of cartoons, which is. »
- Leon David
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