12 items from 2014
It's been two years since it was announced that Universal Pictures was teaming up with Despicable Me animation studio Illumination Entertainment for a live-action/animated hybrid adaptation of Scholastic's giant canine, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Now word comes from Universal that they will take the humongous dog out for a walk in theaters on April 8th, 2016. Still no plot details, voice cast or director has been revealed for the project, but when the project was announced in 2012, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain and The Sorcerer's Apprentice scribe Matt Lopez was writing the script. We're not sure if that's still the case, but nonetheless, Clifford is on his way for every family to enjoy in theaters. »
- Ethan Anderton
If your life has been one long waking nightmare while waiting for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim to return to weekly TV, there’s good news in your future: Adult Swim will debut Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories on Thursday night, Sept. 18 at 12:15 am, EW has learned. The 15-minute anthology series—which is in the style of The Twilight Zone but way weirder—will unspool a chilling and perverse comic tale in each episode and feature an eclectic assortment of guests, along with the two men best known for creating and starring in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, »
- Dan Snierson
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim plan to support the selfie obsessed headed to San Diego’s Comic-Con later this month with various photo experiences planned for its booths on the convention center’s show floor and outside its halls that are designed to build buzz across social media platforms.
Cartoon Network said it will have three separate photo ops available at its booth that are themed around its shows.
Outside, Adult Swim will set up a massive display of activities at the Petco Park parking lot across from the convention center. where it will host panels and celevrity signings with creators of the shows “Robot Chicken,” “The Venture Bros.,” “Childrens Hospital” and “Rick and Morty,” as well as new series “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and the live-action series “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.”
- Marc Graser
As film majors at Temple U., future Abso Lutely Prods. co-founders Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (aka “Tim and Eric”) were already on the fast track to becoming a comic force with which to be reckoned.
“We kind of bonded, started making videos together, and made up these fake funny bands,” recalls Wareheim, biting into a sandwich on lunch break. “On the weekends, Tim and I would get cameras and just fuck around and use the film school as a place to learn how to edit and all that kind of silly stuff. Our school was very serious, but Tim and I didn’t do the normal thing. Everyone else would make these projects on how to be an art director or whatever and Tim and I would make a video making fun of those people. And the professors gave us an A. They loved it.”
The two graduated, came to L. »
- Malina Saval
Adam Sandler is a good role model. Yeah, I said it. Not necessarily for children, although given Sandler’s 10 Kids Choice Awards, your kids probably already look up to him. The people who should be taking some life lessons from ole Happy Gilmore are parents. Here’s why: Sandler’s more recent movies deliver positive messages to parents. In Blended, Sandler and Drew Barrymore play loving parents who don’t agree on much except that parents need to show up and be committed to their kids – that same message is delivered in a cruder way with last year’s That’s My Boy. Click, Jack and Jill and Bedtime Stories are also about the importance of spending time with family. Sandler doesn’t take his work home, he takes his home to work....
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“It’s escapism, and when it works — and ‘Neighbors’ worked — comedies are just a great way for people to escape,” said Nikki Rocco, head of domestic distribution for Universal.
Audiences looking for a laugh helped drive “Neighbors” to the fifth-largest Stateside opening for an R-rated comedy in history. It’s a sterling result that augurs well for a summer that promises to rip the envelope of good taste to shreds thanks to “22 Jump Street,” “Sex Tape,” “Tammy” and a steady stream of films aimed at adults and teens hungry for gross-out gags.
“Comedies used to stay out of the summer because of all the tentpole movies,” said Richard Brener, president of production at New Line, which will release “Tammy.” “Now they’re tentpole movies themselves. »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Feature writer Matt Lopez is formalizing his foray into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. The pact, Lopez’s first overall TV arrangement, stems from One Kick, a drama project he developed at NBC through Uni TV this season. “Matt writes with texture and layers and creates dynamic characters,” Uni TV Evp Bela Bajaria said. “We enjoyed our development experience with him and are looking forward to working with Matt at Universal TV.” In features, Lopez, repped by Wme and Lichter, Grossman, is a go-to screenwriter for family fare, including Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the upcoming Clifford The Big Red Dog. On the producing side, he has teamed with Peter Chernin on Huck, about new adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, at Paramount. On TV, Lopez has explored darker territory, writing ABC pilots Gothica and Jekyll & Hyde the last two years. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There was once a time when Adam Sandler was regarded as a fresh, hip comedic talent. Those days were a long time ago, and now all that's left is the Sandler that everyone knows and loathes. The Adam Sandler that has Blended scheduled for release on a weekend that would have made sense back in 1998. The Adam Sandler that somehow found time to make movies like Reign Over Me while signing a contract to star in Bedtime Stories. It only took a couple false moves to put Adam Sandler on the list of "Comedians Who Sold Out", and inspire the still developing "Sandler Curse". Deadline ran a piece that not only suggests Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may be heading the same way as Mr. Sandler, and just like their predecessor did with Grown Ups before them, they're taking Salma Hayek along for the ride. Ms. Hayek has joined the »
Matt Smith reunited with Karen Gillan at the premiere of the latter’s film, Oculus, on Thursday night. The horror movie premiered in Los Angeles and Karen was also joined by her co-stars, including Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories’ Red Road), Rory Cochrane (Argo; 24), Garrett Ryan (Insidious 2; Trust). Oculus revolves around a cursed mirror, as Karen character,
- Philip Bates
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler. If you need a refresher, here's the original, cool short film Pixels from Patrick Jean: Columbia Pictures is behind the film with a script from Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy) and rewritten by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, »
- Ethan Anderton
It's a good sign for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that 20th Century Fox hired its director Matt Reeves to helm the third Planet of the Apes film as welll, adding writing duties to his job. Reeves will write the script with Dawn scribe Mark Bomback (who also wrote Race to Witch Mountain, which is one of the most popular movies on KidsPickFlicks).
The first movie in the Apes reboot was Rise of the Planet of the Apes which starred James Franco and Frieda Pinto. Those actors and their human characters will not be returning, with the storyline in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis' ape "Caesar" now leading an army in a human vs ape war. Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby), Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) star as the humans. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Just six days in and the racy 31-year-old Las Vegas model has repeatedly flashed her breasts, been motor-boated in the hot tub (courtesy of Dappy), snogged Luisa Zissman and Lee Ryan, and introduced the expression "fingerbanging" to Lionel Blair's lexicon. And most of that took place on the first night.
So, let's brace ourselves and take a look at Jasmine Waltz's truly unruly behaviour in the house so far:
We hope her mum's not watching (somehow Sam's not)
The celebrities had only been in the house for what seemed like five minutes - which was more than enough time for Jasmine to chug down champagne and Sam Faiers's vodka and lemonade before toppling over »
12 items from 2014
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