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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
Exclusive: Kimberly Williams-Paisley has joined the cast of the Fox fourquel Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. The animated/live-action pic sees our rodent heroes hit the road for NYC. Seems a series of misunderstandings has led Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) to believe that Dave (Jason Lee) is going to propose to his new girlfriend in the Big Apple and dump them. They have three days to stop the madness. Walt Becker… »
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 »
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