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Will Ferrell is not in my good books lately, thanks to his horrifically racist, homophobic and misogynist “comedy” Get Hard, but some of the comedian’s more diehard fans may be willing to give him another chance this Christmas when he stars in Daddy’s Home, especially given that the pic will reteam him with Other Guys co-lead Mark Wahlberg.
In the first trailer for the comedy, it seems clear that the two are once again at odds, with Ferrell playing a good-natured step-dad to two unappreciative kids, who are overjoyed when their free-loading real father (Wahlberg) comes back into the picture. Linda Cardellini co-stars as the wife, though this definitely seems like more of a two-hander between the male stars, as their characters battle for control of the homestead.
Though there are a couple of laughs from the physical comedy in the trailer, what’s really shocking is how »
- Isaac Feldberg
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The place to be in St. Louis this Friday June 19th, is the St. Louis Science Center where they will be honoring hometown native and star of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Inside Out Phyllis Smith! And while you’re there, celebrate learning about the human mind and body. The festivities begin at Noon.
Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 19th. The movie is all about what’s going on in the head of an 11-year-old named Riley. Five emotions operate the control center of Riley’s mind, including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. On the film’s opening day native St. Louisan Phyllis Smith, the voice of Sadness in the movie, will be honored at the Saint Louis Science Center as part of “Inside Out Day” to celebrate the attention the film brings to learning about the human mind & body.
Assistant to Mayor Francis G. »
- Tom Stockman
The new trailer for The Peanuts Movie is here, and to my great relief, it’s actually great. When this project was announced, I was really concerned that it would be an Alvin and the Chipmunks-style cash-grab, devoid of any of the original cartoon’s warmth. But the new trailer is charming beyond measure, centering on the arrival of a cute, new girl in town who immediately steals Charlie Brown’s heart.
The animation looks terrific and extremely reverent to the original Peanuts cartoons, while the stories – two quests, one undertaken by Charlie Brown and the other by his beloved beagle Snoopy – seem appropriately cute and good-natured.
The Peanuts Movie boasts a script penned by Schulz’s son Craig Schulz, grandson Bryan Schulz and co-writer Cornelius Uliano. Horton Hears A Who director Steve Martino sat behind the camera, with Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig producing. The team behind this one seems »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fox 2000 just unveiled the first poster for the fourth "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie, called "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," which will once again be a mix of live-action and CGI. Check it out below. Plot: This time around, after a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City... and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves from losing Dave. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" is set to hit theaters on December 23rd. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Jurassic World's box office performance is certainly impressive, but the bigger news is that it was the leader of Hollywood's all-time best domestic box office. Ever. As in, a record-breaking weekend at the movies that brought in north of $262 million. This breaks a nearly six-year record of $259.9 million set back in 2009, led by James Cameron's own record-breaking juggernaut, Avatar. Now it's important to keep in mind that Jurassic World's monster total accounted for almost 80% of this weekend record while Avatar (in its second week in theaters) tallied 29.1% of the Christmas 2009 weekend box office. The older record was helped in part by sizable debuts of three other movies - including Sherlock Holmes and the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel - spreading the wealth out a bit. Avatar was still clearly drawing audiences in, but films like The Blind Side and Up in the Air broadened the holiday demographics. »
- Dave Trumbore
Licensing Expo gets underway in Las Vegas tomorrow, and thanks to Coming Soon we’ve got a look at some of the posters on display on the convention floor, including Independence Day 2, Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film, Allegiant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and the long-rumoured Power Rangers reboot…
You can follow all of our coverage of Licensing Expo 2015 here.
- Scott J. Davis
Paramount Pictures has thrown its hat into the ring for the more-competitive-than-ever Christmas Day release date, setting Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell starrer Daddy’s Home for a wide release on December 25.
Horrible Bosses 2 team John Anders and Sean Morris wrote and directed the comedy, which was put on a fast track once the stars of 2010’s hit The Other Guys decided to team up once again (Ferrell was previously attached with Vince Vaughn, but that iteration of the pic, with Ferrell’s Get Hard director Etan Cohen, fell apart a while back).
The film centers on a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad in the world to his wife’s children. When the lazy, loudmouthed real father (Wahlberg) appears on their doorstep, though, the mild-mannered guy finds himself in a furious tug-of-war for his new family’s affections.
This year, the Christmas slot will »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ariana Grande and Niall Horan had a carefree Monday night in London. The stars linked up with a group of friends for an intimate get-together, which Ariana captured in a funny video she shared on Instagram. After inhaling helium from balloons, Ariana and Niall embraced their inner Alvin and the Chipmunks, letting out sounds higher than what you've heard in any Ariana or One Direction song. "new friends + old friends + helium balloons," she captioned the clip. new friends + old friends + helium balloons @lexie1225 @alfredoflores @niallhoran @chantelgonsalves A video posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jun 2, 2015 at 6:29am Pdt Ariana kicked off the night with her concert at the O2 Arena, which Niall reportedly attended. Both stars have been on world tours in recent months. Ariana launched her Honeymoon Tour in February, about two months before her breakup with Big Sean in April. Meanwhile, Niall has been busy with 1D's On the Road Again tour. »
Killer Mike visited Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night to talk race relations, Baltimore and the link between crime and rap music. The Run the Jewels rapper, who previously penned an op-ed slamming Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer for their coverage of the Baltimore protests, used his Real Time appearance to rip Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who frequently blames hip-hop for many of society's problems.
When studios start shuffling release dates, it can be a portent of doom. Such moves are often accompanied with whispers about production problems, or executive disappointment with the finished product itself. Paramount’s sudden adjustment to the roll-out of its live action-computer animation hybrid Monster Trucks suggests the opposite, however. Of all the months to shift it to, the studio has opted to push it back to March 2016 – a month that many would give a wide berth, given that the cinematic juggernaut Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be pulling into theatres at that time. Not so for Monster Trucks, which will now arrive a week before that superhero smack-down.
On its previous release date – December 25th 2015 – Monster Trucks would have faced off with Concussion (starring Will Smith), Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Point Break remake, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Revenant (starring Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Sarah Myles
Paramount has driven away from a Christmas launch for “Monster Trucks,” moving the live-action/CGI film to March 18.
“Monster Trucks” is produced by Paramount Animation and Disruption Entertainment and directed by Chris Wedge from a script by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger and Derek Connolly. The film stars Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper and Holt McCallany.
The move leaves four other films opening on Christmas — Warner Bros.’ “Point Break,” Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence-David O. Russell project “Joy,” Open Road’s “Snowden” and Sony’s Will Smith-NFL drama “Concussion.”
Fox is opening “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” on Dec. 23. It’s likely that the holiday season box office will be dominated by Disney’s much-anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which launches on Dec. 18.
“Monster Trucks” will now open against Lionsgate’s third “Divergent” film, “Allegiant Part 1.”
- Dave McNary
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Photo Credit: Open Road
Going to see a movie is a great idea for weekend family outings, but sometimes it can be difficult to find movies that are appropriate and enjoyable for the whole family! We’ve put together a list of the best upcoming film releases that are a must-see for the whole family.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a list of the top ten movies to catch with your family this year, starting with the uplifting and inspiring Little Boy in theaters this Friday April 24th!
This is the type of movie that will resonate with everyone in the family! Little Boy is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the »
- Movie Geeks
“Maybe they can be each other’s friends,” says Emmy winner Tony Hale, of his two indelible characters: Buster Bluth on “Arrested Development” and Gary Walsh on HBO’s “Veep.” With Selina Meyer now ensconced in the Oval Office, right-hand man Walsh has his work cut out for him.
What’s with the facial hair?
My character on “Veep” doesn’t have an ounce of rebellion. I figured I’d get rebellious with my facial hair after we finished shooting.
We do see some glimpses of rebellion this season.
There are going to be touches. But keep in mind, Selina is his queen. There are parts where he tries to find his voice. But he’s pretty content being her lap dog.
Why is he so loyal to her? I’m sure that goes back to some Mommy issues. Gary is one of those guys who never really had an identity. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Another day, another report on a childhood classic that’s being repackaged for modern audiences. Today’s news hails from The Tracking Board, who reveal that a brand new animated feature based on the iconic Hanna Barbera characters Tom and Jerry has entered development. In the second theatrical outing for the mismatched pair, Warner Bros. intend to “reinvent the characters for a mass audience,” with studio executives Cate Adams and Jesse Ehrman set to oversee the project.
Currently, there’s no talent attached, as the studio are searching for a writer to pen “the right take on the characters.” Whoever Warner signs to command the flick will be following in the footsteps of noted Charlie Brown animator Phil Roman, who shepherded Tom and Jerry: The Movie to the big screen in 1992. While that misfire received a critical mauling, there’s every hope this new incarnation will avoid those same pitfalls. »
- Gem Seddon
Bella Thorne is the latest actor to join the 20th Century Fox sequel Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. She joins a cast that already includes returning actor Jason Lee along with Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney. Earlier in the year, it was confirmed that Tony Hale will be playing the villain.
Walt Becker is taking the helm on this live-action/CGI follow-up. He is best known for his live-action comedies National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Old Dogs and Wild Hogs. Bella Thorne is playing a charter named Ashley, but no further details were given. It isn't known if she is appearing live in the flesh, or if she is voicing one of the animated animals.
This time out, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip revolves around a series of misunderstandings. Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe their manager Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend. »
Bella Thorne has joined the cast of Fox’s sequel Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Walt Becker is directing the fourth film in the animated/live-action franchise, which is set for release December 23. In the film, a series of misunderstandings has led chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York and dump them. Thorne will play Ashley. Thorne, who just booked a starring role in the ABC Family drama… »
Fox 2000 has upped Erin Siminoff, who most recently worked on the studio hit The Fault In Our Stars, to Evp Production, Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler said today. In addition, Nick D'Angelo was promoted to VP Production. Siminoff joined Fox 2000 as an intern 15 years ago and oversees the Alvin And The Chipmunks franchise. Among her current projects: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, and Paper Towns, the next… »
Erin Siminoff has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Production at Fox 2000, the company announced Thursday. Additionally, Nick D’Angelo has been named Vice President, Production. Siminoff joined Fox 2000, curiously enough, in 2000 as an intern while still attending Pepperdine University. She rose through the ranks and worked as a creative executive on projects such as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Walk the Line.” Recent productions she oversaw include the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” franchise and the hugely successful John Green adaptation “The Fault in Our Stars.” Also Read: Inside The Wrap’s Sundance 2015 Industry Panel (Photos) Upcoming projects include Nicholas Sparks‘ “The. »
- Linda Ge
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