13 items from 2015
Be in charge of your own career and don’t wait for the parts you want come to you; seek them out! And here’s a good place to start. Below are seven casting notices from this week’s Backstage casting section. And if these don’t fit what you’re looking for, here are some more.“Alvin And The Chipmunks: Road Chip”Twentieth Century Fox poducers are seeking stand-in actors out of Atlanta for the fourth installment of “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Pay will be provided and the film shoots March through May on site.“Iqbal”This low-budget Hindi thriller is seeking a lead and supporting actors from New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. Knowledge of Hindi, Arabic, and Urdu is preferable for the varying parts.“If I Could Tell You”This film starring Jim O’Heir (“Parks & Rec”), Lucy Devito (“Deadbeat”), Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys, »
Hale will return in the upcoming season of Veep, which begins on HBO in the Us on April 12.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is scheduled for a December 2015 release.
Watch a trailer for 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked below: »
The film has also scored a new official title, "Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip," and also sees the return of Jason Lee as the always tormented Dave. Also onboard are Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney as the chipmunks Alvin, Theodore and Simon.
Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Marmen are producing the film which opens this Christmas. The last three films in the series have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Do you like puns? Then you'll love the new title of Alvin and The Chipmunks 4, now subtitled The Road Chip. In addition to the title being confirmed, the CGI/Live Action comedy adventure has also found it's main villain. Tony Hale, known for his scene-stealing roles in the popular TV series Veep and Arrested Development, will be going up against Alvin, Theodore and Simon.
Walt Becker, the man behind such neo-comedy classics as National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Old Dogs and Wild Hogs, will be directing this time out. Jason Lee is back as the always tormented Dave. Also along for this new adventure are Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney.
No story details have been revealed yet, with the script being as closely guarded as the plot to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Marmen are producing, with a Christmas release date already in place. »
Walt Becker is directing the live-action/animated hybrid pic. Plot details of film, which followed the continued adventures of the famed singing chipmunk trio, are unknown at this time.
Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Marmen are producing; Karen Rosenfeld exec produces. The pic bows Dec. 23, 2015.
The previous three pics have been big hits for Fox 2000, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, and hopes are similar for the fourth edition in the franchise.
Following “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Hale voices a role »
- Justin Kroll
After many years as a top studio executive, Amy Pascal has suddenly found herself unceremoniously kicked out of Hollywood’s elite club of decisionmakers into a world that will be alien to her.
For any deposed studio chief accustomed to calling the creative shots — deciding which scripts get bought, which films get made and which ones don’t — losing that power is a crushing ego blow.
The phones will ring less, emails will decline (which in Pascal’s case would be a blessing), and those $300-plus flower arrangements from Mark’s Garden sent by those looking to curry favor will fall off precipitously.
Pascal, 56, will now find herself having to compete with the throngs of Hollywood producers, those with deals on and off the Sony lot, peddling projects and begging for a greenlight.
She will be competing with several heavyweight producers she recently recruited to Sony — including former Warner Bros. »
- Claudia Eller
Open Road Films has recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the animated family film "Blazing Samurai." The film is described as being "loosely based" on the 1974 Mel Brooks film "Blazing Saddles," which was, in turn, a spoof of '50s/'60s cowboy movies. The official synopsis reads: "An action-packed comedy about a scrappy young dog named Hank who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord, transforming society and himself on his quest to become a true samurai." Open Road Films recently distributed "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllanhaal, and the company's upcoming features include Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic and Barry Levinson's "Rock The Kasbah." "Blazing Samurai" is directed by Chris Bailey ("Alvin and the Chipmunks") and Mark Koetsier ("Kung Fu Panda," "How To Train Your Dragon") from a screenplay »
- Elizabeth Logan
I thought for the longest time that I would be able to live my entire life without seeing a remake of Mel Brooks' genius 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles. Sadly, new developments have made it apparent that won't be the case - but the weird twist that comes with this story is that what's being made is far from a standard remake. This version will not only be animated, but feature dogs, cats and samurais. Deadline has picked up news that Open Road Films has acquired a new project called Blazing Samurai that is said to be "loosely based on the iconic 1974 film Blazing Saddles." Helmed by first-time feature directors Chris Bailey (who served as an animation supervisor on the first two Alvin and the Chipmunks movies) and Mark Koetsier (a story artist on Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon), the new family film is said to center »
Gfm Films is handling international sales in Berlin Film Festival and providing production funding.
The story revolves around a scrappy young dog who fights to save a town from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord.
Open Road’s first animated release was “The Nut Job,” which grossed $64 million last year in the U.S.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Peter Lawson. »
- Dave McNary
I'm guessing no one is terribly excited for the Point Break remake? Nevertheless, it is going to be released.
It was originally set to hit theatres this summer, but Warner Brothers felt it would do better on Christmas Day (12/25) of this year.
Now it only has to compete with the next Alvin and the Chipmunks flick; writer/director David O Russell's Joy, a drama reuniting the director with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle triumvirate of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro (both Slp and Ah grossed of well over $100,000,000 domestically); and Concussion, a sports drama starring Will Smith. Oh, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters the week before.
Either Warner Bros. is extremely confident in Point Break, or they threw a dart at a calendar and just went with wherever it landed.
Also, the Rocky spinoff Creed, is hitting theatres on November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving. »
- Philip Sticco
With Peanuts looking better with every new trailer, Warner Bros. is plotting a feature-length return for another classic cartoon – Hanna-Barbera series The Jetsons.
Hoping to transform the beloved show, about a family living in a futuristic utopia filled with fantastical technology, into an animated theatrical feature, the studio has hired Matt Lieberman to pen a script. Word is that Warner Bros. was impressed with Lieberman’s work on an animated Scooby-Doo project that it is putting together, and that’s what landed him this gig.
Lieberman, who honed his skills in the Disney Writers Program, has been everywhere in Hollywood recently. He penned spec script 12/24, a found-footage Santa Claus movie that 1492 scooped up; another spec called The Pet, which Disney has set Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess to direct; Paramount Animation’s Giant Monsters Attack Japan; sci-fi Short Circuit, which Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill has signed on to helm; Mr. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chicago – It may prove hard to recall an era of talking creatures in live-action movies before the napalm hellfire of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs.” But, lest we forget, “Babe” has more Academy Awards than “The Master.” Arriving at the coy and wise time of the film year where expectations are either golden or underneath the barrel, talking bear Paddington arrives stateside as a well-behaved throwback to brighter days for a simple genre, with an efficient sense of humor and a few globs of vision, too.
Voiced with clear-eyed wonder by Ben Whishaw, cheery children’s book icon Paddington is a Peruvian bear with both a refined English vernacular and ravenousness for orange marmalade, attributes learned from British artifacts left by visiting explorer Montgomery Clyde. When Paddington’s home is destroyed in an earthquake, the young bear stows away to foggy London to meet the revered adventurer. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I had not heard of David Cross’ feature debut Hits until now; it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the first trailer has finally arrived. I'm a fan of Cross, which is expected considering he's publicly criticised the likes of Larry the Cable Guy and the Alvin And The Chipmunks movies; so who wouldn’t want to like him? I should probably also mention that he also gave us Mr. Show, if you like to laugh you would enjoy that sketch comedy series. »
- Graham McMorrow
13 items from 2015
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