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There are more than a few live-action fairy tale re-imaginings brewing inside the Hollywood system right now, but Robert Downey Jr's long-gesturing new take on Pinocchio just got a lot more clout. He roped in Paul Thomas Anderson to pen the fairy tale's screenplay. There's also a solid chance the filmmaker will take this on as his next directorial project. This project becomes the next step in the celebrity's longstanding friendship. The two of them have looked to work together for some time, and almost got the chance when Downey signed on to play the lead in Anderson's latest, last year's Inherent Vice, before the actor had to drop out due to pesky Avengers: Age of Ultron obligations. Downey is slated to produce this new movie with his wife, Susan, for Team Downey and alongside Dan Jinks, so there's little chance of this one slipping from their collective cracks, »
- Will Ashton
There is an alarming trend in remakes/reboots that has sprouted up over the past few years, that I first noticed with a pair of 2013 releases, Carrie and Oldboy. Instead of finding any sort of new angle into the story, they were both, essentially, shot-for-shot remakes of the original, but with a shiny new cast for the 21st Century to latch on to. With that being said, Terminator Genisys doesn't qualify as such, since it does have a few new things to offer, but it's still crafted in a way that doesn't pay homage to the movies that come before it, but becomes a slave to them, bombarding us with beat upon familiar beat that is probably supposed to evoke fond memories from the originals, but instead dilutes and complicates any semblance of originality.
I found it somewhat sketchy to see Paramount roll out a recent Terminator Genisys TV spot »
Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later […]
- Germain Lussier
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Critics' Week. A group of comedy writers, pushing for a “Tropic Thunder”-style gag about the type of pretentious, foreign, arthouse guff that wins festival awards, might very well land on the logline “unsubtitled Ukrainian sign-language drama” and we’d grimace and laugh accordingly. But then we watched unsubtitled Ukrainian sign-language drama “The Tribe” and were too busy gaping in astonishment to so much as crack a smile: this deeply compelling debut feature from director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy utterly defies mockery with the seriousness of its subject matter and the intelligence of its execution. And it duly won awards, three in fact: the Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize, the Visionary Award and a Distribution Support Endowment Prize, this last especially good news, we have to think, because despite the difficulty of its themes and the unfriendliness of its comedy-gold logline, this »
- Jessica Kiang
Let there be no doubt that the Rachel Dolezal story will be told by Hollywood. The only question is what kind of story will be told?
Ever since the leader of the NAACP’s Spokane, Wash., division was discovered last week to be a Caucasian woman masquerading as an African-American, her still-developing tale has captivated the nation in a way that’s just begging for dramatization.
Sure, the 24-hour news cycle seemingly chews up and spits out this kind of spectacle before moving on to something else 24 hours later. And social media tends to find another target to make its meme du jour even quicker.
But Dolezal isn’t going to be forgotten that easily. More than a few savvy movie producers out there surely already know that.
What separates Dolezal from the rest is the way her story operates on two different levels: It’s both a tabloid freak »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Funko announced on Monday their first wave of exclusive San Diego Comic-Con 2015 items. Also in this round-up: details on Demi Lovato guest starring on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a trailer and release details for Alleluia.
Funko Sdcc 2015 Exclusives: "Funko is proud to announce our first batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives!
Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.
In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are Not offering a pre-buy option this year. Without further ado, here is the first installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!"
- Tamika Jones
Nobody gets Jennifer Aniston hot and bothered quite like Justin Theroux. When she first laid eyes on the screenwriter while visiting mutual friend Ben Stiller on the set of Tropic Thunder in Hawaii in 2007, he made her nervous. "He was wearing black, black, black," she says, "and I started to sweat just looking at him." (That's much nicer than what the 46-year-old actress told Pop Sugar in 2012. "I remember thinking he was very dark," she said of Theroux, now 43. "At first you think he could be like a serial killer, but he's the nicest person in the world.") The actors reconnected in 2010 on the set of their movie, Wanderlust, and they began dating the next year. »
The second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series premieres this weekend at the Atx Television Festival, and we have four new season two photos to help hold fans over until the show's August 25th television debut on El Rey Network.
Previously released press release -- "Austin, TX (June 1, 2015) -- The long-awaited return of the El Rey Network/Miramax supernatural crime saga, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," is set for Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm Et, it was announced today. With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
- Derek Anderson
Neck-chomping creatures of the night are coming back to the small screen this summer, as the El Rey Network has announced that the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is scheduled to premiere on August 25th:
Press Release -- "Austin, TX (June 1, 2015) -- The long-awaited return of the El Rey Network/Miramax supernatural crime saga, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," is set for Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm Et, it was announced today. With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, "Sons of Anarchy"); Eiza González »
- Derek Anderson
Beloved movie makeup artist and Oscar winner Rick Baker will be retiring soon. In an interview with 89.3 Kpcc's The Frame (via Slashfilm), Baker announced his upcoming exit from major work in the film industry and the auction of some of his various film creations from over the years. "I said the time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now," Baker said. "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do." "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do," he added. "So I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don't think I will have a huge working studio anymore." Baker teamed up with The Prop Store to auction off »
- Cory Woodroof
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Hulu's supernatural series, Deadbeat, which stars Tyler Labine as a stoned slacker who can communicate with the dead, has been renewed for a third season. Also in this round-up: Stung's release date and the trailer for the Kevin Bacon-starring Cop Car.
Deadbeat: Press Release (via TV By the Numbers) -- "Santa Monica, CA – May 26, 2015 – Hulu announced today that the Hulu Original series Deadbeat has been renewed for a third season with a 13-episode order. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the series is co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred, The Inbetweeners) and executive produced by showrunner Dan Lagana. Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are producers on the show.
The half-hour comedyseries stars Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Reaper) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted mediumwho will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. »
- Derek Anderson
Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
Hulu’s “Deadbeat” will live for another season, the streaming service announced on Tuesday. The series produced by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment and Lionsgate Television has been renewed for a third campaign with a 13-episode order. The half-hour comedy stars Tyler Labine (“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil”) as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”) plays his savvy best friend, Roofie, while Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) stars as a glamorous celebrity medium rival. Also »
- Greg Gilman
Relativity Studios is pushing back the release of “Masterminds” by two weeks, Variety has learned.
The heist comedy will debut on Wednesday August 19, giving it a jump on a trio of wide releases that open on August 21 — the action comedy “American Ultra,” the video game adaptation “Hit Man: Agent 47,” and the horror film “Sinister 2.”
“Masterminds” was originally slated to bow on August 7, where it would have faced off against the superhero adventure “Fantastic Four,” the Meryl Streep dramedy “Ricki and the Flash,” and the animated film “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” It would have also had to contend with the second weekend of “Vacation,” a reboot of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series.
The hope is that “Masterminds” will get a boost from the later August release date. The time of year that historically has been hospitable to comedies such as “Tropic Thunder,” “Superbad,” and “Let’s Be Cops. »
- Brent Lang
Chris Rock's latest outing is a semi-autobiographical take on the rise and fall (and rise?) of a comedy star...
Your mileage may vary on inside-track Hollywood comedies. Among the greats, there are biting satires like The Player or Swimming With Sharks and broader, sillier works like Tropic Thunder or Bowfinger, but the kind of rarefied air in which they largely unfold can sometimes be suffocating.
Thankfully, that's not the case with Top Five, Chris Rock's first project as a writer-director since 2007's I Think I Love My Wife, and inarguably his best so far. With a semi-autobiographical approach, the film clearly has a lot of influences from other films but thrives on a brand of charm that is entirely its own.
Andre Allen (Rock) is a stand-up comedian turned movie star who is best known for a trilogy of cringe-making comedy movies in which he stars as a crime-fighting bear called Hammy. »
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:
(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The »
- Derek Anderson
Now shooting, and long overdue, is Ben Stiller’s follow up to his 2001 laugh-fest Zoolander 2, and news reaches us this afternoon that the cast has just grown by one as pop sensation Justin Bieber has reportedly joined the cast.
The news was announced on Twitter by Bieber himself early on Wednesday. He joins Stiller, Owen Wilson, Billy Zane, Will Ferrell and Penelope Cruz ine the comedy, which is written by Stiller and Tropic Thunder scribe Justin Theroux.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 29, 2015
Zoolander 2 will open on February 16th, 2016.
Source: Variety »
- Paul Heath
Wong Fu Productions has secured a distribution partner for its first feature-length film. The YouTube group, founded in 2003 and comprised of Philip Chang, Wesley Chan, and Ted Fu, will release the movie Everything Before Us exclusively via Vimeo On Demand on June 3, 2015.
Originally premiering at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on April 23, Everything Before Us is a science fiction romantic drama set in a modern day world not terribly unlike our own, except for the fact a person's romantic history is documented like a credit score. The flick focuses on a couple trying to overcome the inherent drawbacks of the system for individuals who haven't had a lot of luck in love.
Everything Before Us stars Aaron Yoo (The Tomorrow People), Ki Hong Lee (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Randall Park (The Interview), Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals), Victoria Park (Raven’s Touch), and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder).
- Bree Brouwer
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