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Johnson is directing from his own script about high school senior Alex Strangelove, whose quest to lose his virginity — eagerly awaited by his patient girlfriend, cheered on by his rowdy friends — launches him into an exploration of modern manhood.
Red Hour, which is operated by Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, announced in November that it was partnering with Bold Films to produce a slate of new movie, TV and digital projects. It also announced that Weinstock was joining Red Hour at that point.
- Dave McNary
Gervais and Eric Bana generate little chemistry faking reports of a botched jungle assignment
Hopes are stubbornly high for Ricky Gervais’s decision to revive The Office and David Brent in the cinema later in the year, a creation for which he will always have hall-of-fame status – and it’s incidentally impossible to remember his appearance with David Bowie in Extras with anything other than awe. But there’s frankly little in the way of comedy gold to be mined from Gervais’s latest venture, which he has written and directed.
It’s a mainstream bromantic comedy of medium-budget blandness produced specially for Netflix, and based on the 2009 French film Envoyés Très Spéciaux. The film gives us some satiric hints of Wag the Dog and Tropic Thunder – with a slight touch of the leaden and widely forgotten buddy movie Hollywood Homicide with Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford. Special Correspondents shows »
- Peter Bradshaw
This week, Neil Calloway argues that method acting is often unnecessary…
This week it was revealed that Jared Leto sent pornography and condoms to his Suicide Squad co-stars in preparation for his role as the Joker. When I did that with my work colleagues I got arrested, but it turns out to be Ok if you’re an Oscar winning actor. It does also highlight the issue of when acting crosses the line into living a role.
There is a long and not so proud history of actors going above and beyond to immerse themselves in the character they are playing to ensure a great performance.
Daniel Day-Lewis is currently not looking for acting work as he believes it would be hard to top his performance as the title character in Lincoln, during which he would send his co-stars text messages in character as Abraham Lincoln; I do hope Sally Field »
- Neil Calloway
“Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6, marking Robert Downey Jr.’s sixth appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The character has been good to Downey (who celebrates his 51st birthday on Monday). Last August, Forbes announced that he had earned an estimated $80 million that year, his third consecutive year as the world’s highest-paid actor.
Audiences love success stories, but Downey’s saga seems too far-fetched, even by Hollywood standards. He went from being a promising young actor to an unemployable outcast. But then he rebounded to become a mega-star, respected by the same peers who once shunned him. It’s a tale of redemption and financial rewards, but it’s also a tale of artistry. Because even at the lowest ebb, nobody doubted his talent.
- Tim Gray
After making a comfortable home at Netflix for his series Derek, British comedian Ricky Gervais is bringing an original comedy feature to the streaming service with Special Correspondents. In what feels like a Tropic Thunder meets Wag the Dog kind of story, Gervais plays a sound engineer who teams up with a radio journalist (Eric […]
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, tapping Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen to pen a new film, which is being described as a “relaunch” rather than a “remake”.
Revolving around a cross-country race, the first film was released by Fox in 1981 and was a huge hit at the box office, earning over $72 million from its $16 million budget. Warner Bros. released the 1984 sequel Cannonball Run II in 1984, while Orion released the third film Speed Zone (a.k.a. Cannonball Fever) in 1989.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for the property, citing that the new interpretation isn’t being viewed as an out-and-out remake; rather, Warner is hoping to relaunch the “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that played out across the 80s comedy flick and its two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed Zone. Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise were just some of the stars that featured across the cult comedy series.
Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) will take point to write and direct the modern rendition of The Cannonball Run, flanked by Andre Morgan, Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Jesse Ehrman who are attached to produce.
Indeed, this isn’t the first time that a potential do-over of The Cannonball Run has flirted »
- Michael Briers
Warner Bros. has been quietly revving up the engines to get a "Cannonball Run" remake/reboot off the ground for a while now. Back in the day, General Motors was apparently willing to lend a vehicular hand with the project, and directors like Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy were kicking the tires. Nothing happened and the project seemingly ran out of gas, but how things are humming along again. Read More: Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise Deadline reports that the studio are now turning to Etan Cohen to write and direct the redo of the comedy flick your dad loves starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and a million other actors and actresses. Cohen is the writer behind "Tropic Thunder," "Idiocracy" and "Men In Black 3" who made his directorial debut last year with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the highway, a long-dormant movie franchise just had its rights picked up by a major studio. If you prefer your comedy with only the loosest of plots, and packed to the gills with celebrity cameos, you may be about to get your wish. Warner Brothers just picked up the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise, and they.ve already got a writer and director on board. Warner Brothers has tapped Etan Cohen, the writer of Men in Black 3 and Tropic Thunder to both write and direct the revival of the 1980.s comedy franchise. According to Deadline, the new movie with the title Cannonball is being called a "relaunch" rather than a reboot, which we suppose means it qualifies as a sequel to a series that hasn.t seen a new entry since 1989. Andre Morgan, a long-time producer, including »
Hollywood is setting out some remake plans, this time for a classic Burt Reynolds film in The Cannonball Run. Warner Bros. are behind the film, which will be directed by Tropic Thunder writer Etan J. Cohen.
The original was a 1980s action comedy about a cross-country illegal car race, that featured an ensemble cast, including Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Dom DeLuise. We’re guessing that Cohen and co. will planning something similar for the new version, which is in the early stages of development at the studio. Deadline, who got the scoop refer to the remake as simply ‘Cannonball’. We hope that a stolen ambulance and a crazy doctor is involved somewhere.
More as we get it. Here’s the trailer for the original.
The post Cannonball Run remake coming »
- Paul Heath
Warner Bros has picked up the rights to remake The Cannonball Run, is the remake news of the day. That said, the studio is calling this a relaunch rather than a remake, but either way, a new Cannonball Run movie is on the way.
The original films (there were effectively three of them in all) pitted a broad ensemble of stars together in a huge, illegal cross-country race. We'd imagine the basic setup is likely to be the same, although no stars have been announced thus far.
We do have a writer and director, though. Etan J Cohen made his directorial debut with last year's Get Hard, and his screenwriting credits include Men In Black 3, Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy. He's got the job of writing and directing the new The Cannonball Run. »
The studio is deliberately saying this is Not a remake or a reboot, but rather a "relaunch" of the series which began in 1981 and ran for three films with the last in 1989, all three were helmed by Hal Needham but released by different studios - Fox, Warners and Orion respectively.
Both the old and the new film follow a variety of eccentric competitors who participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race where they will do anything to win including low-down, dirty tricks.
The original three films boasted impressive names including Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Frank Sinatra, John Candy, Farrah Fawcett, Brooke Shields, Peter Fonda, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley MacLaine, »
- Garth Franklin
After several years in development, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on a new incarnation of The Cannonball Run. Deadline reports that the studio has secured the rights to the original 1981 classic, hiring Etan Cohen to write the script and direct. This report claims the studio doesn't consider this project a "remake," but rather a "relaunch" of the franchise.
Back in 2011, we reported that Warner Bros. was in discussions to team up with auto manufacturer General Motors for a Cannonball Run remake. At that time, the studio was eyeing directors such as Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). It seemed that deal never went through, but now the studio has acquired the sequel and remake rights from the copyright holders, original The Cannonball Run writer Brock Yates, the estate of director Hal Needham and Fortune Star Ltd.
The studio recently acquired rights to the film, with Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer producing. The original franchise, revolving around an illegal cross country race where participants did whatever it took to win, starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise.
WB acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate and Fortune Star Ltd. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.
Cohen broke onto the scene after co-writing the box office hit “Tropic Thunder” with Justin Theroux and has since penned “Men in Black 3” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” He most recently wrote and directed “Get Hard, »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the Cannonball Run franchise and set Tropic Thunder scribe Etan J. Cohen to write and direct Cannonball. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) are producing. The studio isn’t calling this a remake but rather a relaunch of a film based on the famous “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that was captured in three Hal Needham-directed films that starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin… »
The executive previously served at the studio in senior positions for 12 years and returns in the newly created role of evp of domestic creative marketing strategy.
Birch arrives from Focus Features and will unify campaign strategies across marketing functions, including advertising, publicity, digital and creative content.
Commencing May 1, she will work closely with Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group president of worldwide marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein, who made Thursday’s announcement, and reports to domestic marketing president Dwight Caines.
Birch worked with Peter Schlessel for the past few years as president of marketing for Focus Features, which is in the midst of a major overhaul under the stewardship of incoming chairman Peter Kujawski. Her credits there included The Theory Of Everything and London Has Fallen.
Prior to Focus she oversaw marketing for Schlessel at FilmDistrict, and before that worked at DreamWorks alongside Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, where she orchestrated campaigns for Transformers, Tropic Thunder, and The »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When thinking of the kind of movies typically nominated for an Oscar, stories of extreme survival, remarkable transformations, or personal tragedy usually come to mind, but Norbit? Or Tropic Thunder? Or even a film about a Bdsm-obsessed billionaire? Surprisingly enough, some eyebrow-raising flicks have made their way into the elite pool that are officially able to associate themselves with the Academy. From best makeup to best picture, keep reading to see every film that scored a shocking nod below. »
- Quinn Keaney
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »
I wanted to like Zoolander 2 so much. It has been 15 long years since the original made me laugh a lot and added another great character to star-director Ben Stiller’s canon of memorable comic creations — plus, the fact that he was directing gave me hope. Stiller’s Tropic Thunder was a gem, and he’s a very smart filmmaker. Not this time. Perhaps it was too many cooks in the kitchen (the script is credited to Stiller and Justin Theroux — another smart guy — & John Hamburg… »
If the sheer number of celebrity cameos could make a comedy funny, Zoolander 2 would be hilarious. It is not. In fact, Zoolander 2 is a dull, overloaded slog that it is more likely to evoke snores than laughs.
Even for those who loved the original, Zoolander 2 (also known as “Zoolander No. 2,” in a little Chanel reference that illustrates the film’s level of cliche comedy) does not offer much and tops the list as candidate for this year’s most unneeded sequel. Oh, there are a few chuckles in this follow-up to Ben Stiller’s send-up of dim-witted models and the fashion world, but there are just not enough of them to keep the audience awake through most of this slow-moving, plot-heavy movie. The movie is basically made up of quoted song lyrics, and movie references and cliches, and several plots, all seasoned with a mind-boggling number of celebrity cameos. »
- Cate Marquis
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