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The billion-dollar franchise is back in action and moving forward on a new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. We.ll admit, the first film wasn.t too shabby, but between The Squeakquel and Chip-Wrecked the quality hasn.t quite been five stars. So why another film? Well, believe it or not, the franchise has already banked over $1 billion, and a new film is pretty much a guarantee for more money flow. While plot details have not been divulged, the title, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip sounds like the band is going on tour. The Hollywood Reporter announced the director that has signed on for the project. Walt Becker known for Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Wild Hogs, and the Disney film with John Travolta and Robin Williams, Old Dogs, has signed on to direct the fourth film. He.ll pair with screenwriters Adam Sztykiel (Due Date) and Randi Mayem Singer »
Mark Wahlberg tells MTV News that he's "committed to doing a couple more" films in the "Transformers" franchise. Asked when he'll get to work on the next one, he says: "I can't speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on set soon."
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
Walt Becker ("Van Wilder," "Wild Hogs") has signed on to direct a fourth installment of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise for Fox 2000 and New Regency. Adam Sztykiel ("Made of Honor," "Due Date") penned the most current draft of the script, taking over from Randi Mayem Singer ("Mrs. Doubtfire").
It is unclear whether Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney will return to voice the furry CG characters or if Jason Lee will saddle up once again as their human caretaker Dave. The film is targeting a release next Christmas. [Source: THR]
Legendary Pictures has optioned the film »
- Garth Franklin
Having grossed over $1 billion around the world, it should come as no surprise that New Regency are looking to get Alvin and the Chipmunks back up on screen for a fourth outing. And now it seems as though they have a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Becker has been hired to direct Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. The latest version of the script has been written by Adam Sztykiel, who has previously penned Made of Honor and Due Date. An earlier draft was penned by Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire).
It is unknown if Justin Long (Tusk), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) or Jesse McCartney (Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy) will return to provide their voices as Alvin, Simon and Theodore or if Jason Lee (Mallrats) will reprise his role as Dave.
- Luke Owen
Looking to see Team America: World Police instead of The Interview? Well you can't. That's been pulled now as well.
Well, things aren't getting better. In a week that's already seen the release of the film The Interview cancelled by Sony, and a further North Korean-set thriller starring Steve Carell fall apart, now it seems that the theatrical rights to Team America: World Police have been pulled.
Led by the Alamo Drafthouse, a few cinemas in the Us started booking Team America: World Police to play in place of The Interview. But Paramount Pictures has now withdrawn permission to screen the film, even though it's not one that the cyberterrorists behind the Sony hack had objected to. The fact that Team America has been around for ten years and counting, and that there was no threat against it, seems to matter not a jot.
Back when the first threats against »
Get ready for more Alvin and the Chipmunks. Walt Becker is signing on to direct a fourth installment of Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fox 2000 and New Regency’s latest in the successful CG/live-action hybrid series featuring the singing rodents. Plot details for the further musical misadventures of troublemaker Alvin, intellectual Simon and chubby Theodore are being squirreled away in a tree. See more The Big Screen's Evolution of Talking Animals Adam Sztykiel, whose credits include the Patrick Dempsey rom-com Made of Honor and Todd Phillips' Robert Downey Jr- Zach Galifianakis comedy Due Date, penned the most current draft of
- Borys Kit
Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey strolled down melodramatic memory lane on The Tonight Show Monday night, presenting several rare clips from their little-known, short-lived and pitch-shifted Eighties soap opera, Midnight Meadows.
While both had fond memories of their time on set, they each remembered the director's peculiar flair for soaking their dialogue in vocal effects. In one episode, Fallon confronts a possibly unfaithful Winfrey, and a high-pitched fight ensues: His harangue about being "a man who knows when he's not being treated like a man," and Winfrey's cackling response, plays »
Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" turns 20 this year – but the song continues to surprise us.
In a new cover by Ten Second Songs mastermind Anthony Vincent, the track is re-imagined as if it were performed by Billy Joel, Blink-182, Usher, Bing Crosby, Eric Church, Il Divo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more, totaling 20 impressions in just four minutes. Yes, you have to see it to believe it.
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Now this is hardly the first "All I Want for Christmas Is You" cover to go viral. Justin Bieber famously teamed up with the Elusive Chanteuse in 2011.
Watch: Flashback! Mariah Talks 'Christmas' in 1994
Mariah joined Jimmy Fallon and The »
Ridley Scott’s Rsa Films and theatrical advertising agency Wild Card have launched 3Am, a new venture that will focus on creating new forms of content to help market movies and other forms of entertainment to young, digitally savvy audiences.
3Am will essentially serve as a consultancy that collaborates with filmmakers, studios and brands in the early stages of a movie’s production to create integrated content and marketing extensions, the companies said.
Rsa president Jules Daly and Alison Temple will both serve as managing partners of 3Am.
“Film studios have an entirely new and unique set of challenges when it comes to marketing movies,” Daly said. “Rsa and Wild Card realize that Hollywood marketing today is a beast of its own consistently challenged with capturing consumer interest. As a joint entity of such esteemed creative companies, 3Am can help alleviate those challenges and work with the studios to think »
- Marc Graser
Are you or a loved one anxiously awaiting the animated Angry Birds movie that is landing in theaters from Sony and Rovio Mobile? Well, today, fans from around the world need your help in unlocking the first look at this anticipated release, which promises to be one of the biggest family films of summer 2016.
Sony has launched the new website Unlock the Flock in conjunction with the Angry Birds animated feature. clickHere to help the Angry Birds unlock this exclusive surprise by sharing #UnlockTheFlock on your Twitter page. Every share is being tracked globally, along with gameplay action that will launch one bird in your favor. When 1 billion birds are finally 'flung', we'll get our first look at this anticipated release based on the hit mobile app.
What sort of surprise can we expect? Anything from a teaser trailer, to a new poster to maybe even the first characters revealed in an exclusive image. »
Grumpy Cat speaks! Or, more accurately, Aubrey Plaza is going to be speaking as Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime original movie. Titled "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," the new film will feature the cat in question (real name Tardar Sauce) as "a lonely feline living in a mall pet shop." As for the grumpiness, the synopsis explains that, "Because she never gets chosen by customers, she develops a sour outlook on life." It is true that most cats can't talk, and in the film only one person will be able to hear Grumpy Cat speak. That is a 12-year-old girl, Chrystal, who meets Grumpy Cat at the mall and develops a relationship with her. The movie is directed by Tim Hill who has plenty of experience with talking animals having directed "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Garfield 2." He also co-wrote the screenplay for this original alongside Jeff Morris, who »
- Josh Lasser
The movie, written by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin), follows a lonely cat (played by Grumpy Cat herself, Tardar Sauce) who becomes, well, grumpy living in a mall pet shop. That is, until a 12-year-old girl named Chrystal realizes she can talk to the feline. On Christmas Eve, Chrystal rescues her after the mall closes. »
- Emily Blake
Several new photos worth a look today including Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the potential Oscar contender Selma, and shots of Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In an unexpected and extremely rare move, Radius-twc has announced both the limited theatrical revenue And the VOD revenue for its indie release "The One I Love". The film opened on eight screens with a $55,126 weekend haul, and has also made just over $500,000 on VOD where it has been available on demand since August 1st.
The company also announced that Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" has racked up over $6 million on VOD alone compared to its $4.4 million theatrical gross. [Source: Deadline]
Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
- Garth Franklin
No plot details have been released at this stage, and it isn't known if any of the cast members from 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks, 2009's Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel or 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked will return for this follow-up. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney voiced the Chipmunks in all three movies, with Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate voicing the Chippettes in Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked.
The first three movies have earned over $560 at the domestic box office, and more than $1.1 billion worldwide combined, even though Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked earned $100 million less than its predecessors during its theatrical run. »
Liz Holzman, an animation veteran and three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner for her work on the 1990s series Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, has died. She was 61. Holzman, an animator, character designer, storyboard artist, writer, director and producer, died Monday, her family announced in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times. She had battled cancer for years. A nine-time Daytime Emmy nominee, Holzman also worked on such series as Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Glo Friends, Smurfs, DuckTales, Muppet Babies, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Garfield and Friends, Baby Blues and The Zeta Project
- Mike Barnes
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
Photo by Art Streiber for »
- Brent Lang
As the wild success of this summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has reinforced, American audiences love nostalgia. It explains how film adaptations of properties like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs became huge hits, as they tapped into the childhood rushes of many adults while also catering to the entertainment needs of their kids. So, it comes as little surprise that Hollywood is planning to resurrect the flirtatious animated icon Betty Boop for a big-screen affair.
Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment, is partnering with The Lego Movie animation house Animal Logic to make “a music-driven hybrid animation comedy” with the famed cartoon. Betty Boop will be the first project in a partnership between the companies to make music-driven animated and hybrid animation-live action films.
“I’ve worked with some serious divas but I think Betty could be the biggest of them all!” Cowell tweeted. He also »
- Jordan Adler
The new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie is such a ridiculous guilty pleasure it will make even non-fans of the animated TV series cheer “Cowabunga.” Many groupies were wary about this film reboot when it was first announced, but all the bad buzz turned out to be bogus. Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Battle: Los Angeles”) and producer Michael Bay have successfully updated the Turtles to 2014. The joke-cracking crime fighters still love pizza, while also listening to Gwen Stefani and watching “Lost.” And they look better than they ever have, thanks to the motion capture technology used to bring them to life.
Film Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
Here are five reasons why “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is one of the best surprises of the summer.
- Ramin Setoodeh
You can be sure of two things when you combine producer Michael Bay with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One, your eyeballs will get a workout. And two, the most snarky critics will be tempted to write their reviews before the film even rolls.
In Wrath of the Titans’ director Jonathan Liebesman’s new live-action, CG-heavy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which stars Megan Fox as Turtle-pal April O’Neil, the four Renaissance-named turtles are still living up their name. Johnny Knoxville voices Leonardo, who leads the Turtles against their traditional antagonist Shredder—as well as a mysterious puppet-master who springs chaos on New York. »
- Jeff Labrecque
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Another beloved childhood character is heading to the big screen. Universal recently announced that an adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the children’s book series by Norman Bridwell, will be hitting theaters on April 8th, 2016.
Plot details for the film are scarce, but Bridwell’s series centered on a dog named Clifford, born the runt of the litter. When he was given to Emily Elizabeth as a birthday present, the little girl’s love for him caused Clifford to swell in size to a height of over 25 feet. Given the dog’s size, his owner’s family had no choice but to move to the wide open spaces of Bridwell Island, where Clifford encountered new friends like Cleo, Mac and T-Bone. Over 70 installments of the book series, which also spawned a popular PBS Kids TV show, have been released.
As for the film, it’s being »
- Isaac Feldberg
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