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The movie, centering on two friends who masquerade as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld in hopes of retrieving a purloined cat (the Keanu of the title), won out over a Police Academy reboot, a Judd Apatow flick and a spinoff of Mr. Garvey, aka Substitute Teacher, as the duo’s first big-screen starring vehicle.
Though the pair co-starred in FX’s Fargo and have had separate gigs in films like The Lego Movie and Let’s Be Cops (Key) and Wanderlust and Little Fockers (Peele), Keanu will serve as their first joint film.
“The movie should resonate with a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Keanu tells the story of the stolen moggy (called Keanu we assume) who’s swiped by a criminal gang. Friends and family must infiltrate the crime underworld to rescue the purloined puss.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Exclusive: Comedy Central series stars Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint film project at New Line. Titled Keanu, the film is set to start production next spring. The title refers not to the actor who played Neo in The Matrix, but rather to a kidnapped cat.
Said Peele: “The movie should resonate with a large audience as almost everyone has had a house pet stolen by a street gang, right?”
The pair worked together on Mad TV and have seen their Comedy Central sketches develop a strong viral following. They have been circling numerous film projects for the past few months, including a Police Academy reboot, an untitled Judd Apatow feature and a spinoff of Mr. Garvey, aka Substitute Teacher, a popular character on the show. Keanu tells the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld, »
- Scott Bowles
Sticking with Christmas films, though on completely the opposite tack to Dario Argento today, New Regency and Walden Media have just announced Santa Is Real. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) will direct the musical, which is based on a forthcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Brett Witter.Not actually a story about Father Christmas per se, the book and film focus on the "true life fable" of co-author Hall, who has played Santa in the Christmas Spectacular at New York's Radio City Music Hall for an extraordinary 27 years.When Radio City stopped showing films in 1979 it looked to be in trouble. But bumping up the Christmas show from a modest half-hour to a 90-minute extravaganza was the saving of it. The move was also the saving of Hall, a struggling actor who bagged the role of St Nick and ended up making it his life's purpose. »
It’s a question heard throughout many homes during the holiday season. No, not “Who spiked the eggnog with lighter fuel?” We’re talking about the big man himself, Santa Claus, and whether or not he truly exists. I’m still out on this one, but it seems that one filmmaker firmly believes in Saint Nicholas. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower writer-director, Stephen Chbosky, has signed up to helm the festival family romp Santa Is Real, which will also double as a musical to add a dose of extra holiday jollies!
Walden Media and New Regency are behind the pic, which is based on the upcoming novel Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter. However, despite the title, the novel is not about The Santa Claus, who is oft spotted chomping down on mince pies »
- Gem Seddon
“Rent” screenwriter Stephen Chbosky has been hired to directed the musical “Santa Is Real” for New Regency and Walden Media, the companies announced Thursday. Larry Stuckey (“Little Fockers”) will write the family film, which Stacey Sher and Alexandra Milchan will produce with Walden Media. Also read: Miles Teller, Emma Watson Circling Damien Chazelle's Musical ‘La La Land’ (Exclusive) “Santa Is Real” is based on the upcoming book “Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing” by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter, which Random House will publish on Oct. 14. The film tells the story of Charles E. Hall, »
- Jeff Sneider
New Regency and Walden Media have partnered to develop Santa Is Real, a musical family film directed by Perks of Being a Wallflower's Stephen Chbosky and written by Little Fockers' Larry Stuckey. The film, which is based on the upcoming book, Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing from Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter, follows Charles E. Hall, the man who plays Santa in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Hall took the job as a struggling actor, but according to a press release, "the role ended up saving his life." And as a result, »
- Samantha Highfill
Well this is certainly an unexpected project for The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director Stephen Chbosky to tackle as his followup, but that probably means it's the interesting, right thing to do. Chbosky is attached to direct Santa is Real, a family musical from New Regency and Walden Media. The script will be written by Larry Stuckey (who also wrote Little Fockers.) This movie is actually based on a true story that will be chronicled in the upcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter titled Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing. I didn't really think this would be the next move for Chbosky, but that's what I get for making assumptions. Hit the jump for more on Santa is Real. THR had the story on this new project. Here's the official synopsis for the book: A heartwarming »
- Evan Dickson
New Regency and Walden Media are partnering to develop, finance and produce the musical family film “Santa Is Real.”
Random House is publishing the book on Oct. 14.
The film tells the story of Charles E. Hall, who was a struggling actor when he began playing Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. He’s been in the role for the past 27 years.
- Dave McNary
It’s Christmas in October for New Regency and Walden Media. The two companies have partnered up to develop, finance and produce a musical family film titled Santa Is Real. Stephen Chbosky, who directed critical darling The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is on board to helm the project, which will be written by Larry Stuckey (Little Fockers). Based on an upcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter titled Santa Claus Is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing, the feature project will tell the true story of Hall, the man who plays Santa in
- Borys Kit
New Regency and Walden Media will develop Santa Is Real, a musical family film that will be directed by Stephen Chbosky, who helmed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Little Fockers scribe Larry Stuckey will write the script and Stacey Sher and Alexandra Milchan will produce with Walden.
Stuckey will adapt the upcoming book Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter, which Random House publishes next week. The film tells the story of Charles E. Hall, the man who plays Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. A struggling actor when he took the job, the role gave him purpose and rescued Radio City, which has run the show as a perennial. Regency’s Pam Abdy and Walden’s Naia Cucukov, are overseeing. New Regency has Gone Girl in the marketplace with the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The ranks of female film directors are about to swell a little more, as Katie Holmes confirms her plan to helm the upcoming adaptation of the debut novel from Annie Weatherwax – All We Had. The script is being written by Josh Boone (Stuck In Love, The Fault In Our Stars), with Holmes starring and pulling producer duties alongside Jane Rosenthal (Little Fockers) and Berry Welsh (NYC 22).
The story is described as ‘wry and sharply observed’ by publishers Simon And Schuster, and centres on a mother and 13 year old daughter, who find themselves existing on the verge of poverty in small town America, after their old life implodes. Holmes will play the role of the mother, but there is no news yet on wider casting.
While this news will almost certainly be met in many quarters with derision, it is important to note that, of late, Holmes has finally begun to come into her own. »
- Sarah Myles
Holmes will also star in the film as a mother living on the brink of poverty with her 13-year-old daughter.
Rosenthal said in a statement: "Katie has such a clear vision for the book's irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship. Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone's ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of every day, will truly bring these characters to life."
Holmes will next be seen on screens in Miss Meadows, in which she plays a teacher turned vigilante.
The film premiered at »
Holmes optioned “All We Had” in July and Scribner published the book, Weatherwax’s debut novel, on Aug. 5. The story centers on a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.
“I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to bringing Annie’s incredible characters to the screen,” said Holmes.
Holmes stars as a vigilante in dark comedy “Miss Meadows,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be »
- Dave McNary
Katie Holmes is making the move into the director's chair with the adaptation of the book All We Had, which she optioned in July. Holmes will also star in her directorial debut, which centers on a mother (Holmes) and her 13-year-old daughter, who live together on the edge of poverty. Jane Rosenthal (Little Fockers) has signed on to produce the project, and The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone will pen the script. All We Had, which is Annie Weatherwax's debut novel, hit shelves in August. When Holmes optioned it, it was assumed that she would produce
- Rebecca Ford
An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see a need for a second
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s the nihilism of Sin City. A place where wounded men have to remind themselves to “never let the monster out,” and a woman can “makes slaves of men,” and even “good men” are turned on by a woman’s tale of rape (which she invented, of course, because this is Sin City, where you can’t trust a dame). A place where men are nothing but how they can use their rage and women are nothing but how they can use their bodies.
And that’s none of it nice. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.
Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »
- Sarah Myles
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you "a beautiful, poignant, funny and heart-warming film" (Chicago Sun Times) on September 16, when The Fault in Our Stars arrives on Blu-ray and DVD with an extended version of the movie! Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. Fans of the book and the film showed up in droves to theaters across the globe to share little infinities with their beloved characters, driving nearly $240M in box office sales worldwide!
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share a sarcastic sense of humor, a distaste for the conventional, and ultimately a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Although the two teens face unlikely challenges, their courage and dedication to each »
The highly succesful drama, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the John Green book of the same name is coming home to blu-ray in September. 20th Century Fox has revealed this morning exactly when fans of the movie will be able to get their hands on the release, details on a special edition, and what all to expect for special features included on the disc. Come inside for all the info!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings you “a beautiful, poignant, funny and heart-warming film” (Chicago Sun Times) on September 16, when The Fault In Our Stars arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an extended version of the movie! Featuring brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that made the film a favorite of fans and critics alike, this inspirational modern day tale of star-crossed lovers will have you going from laughter to tears and back again. Fans of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Jon Favreau’s midlife artistic crisis rendered as food porn. This is funny, poignant, and wise, though the wish-fulfillment romantic fantasy of it is a tad much to take. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think Jon Favreau is trying to tell us that he’s tired of constructing giant Iron Man blockbusters and wants to go back to making little movies like Made and Swingers. Cuz this delightful film, as funny as it is poignant, is clearly the writer and director’s midlife artistic crisis rendered as food porn.
Carl Casper (Favreau: The Wolf of Wall Street, Identity Thief) is a chef at an upscale Los Angeles eatery where the owner (Dustin Hoffman: Kung Fu Panda 2, Little Fockers) refuses to let him be the inventive crafter of unusual yum-yums that he was supposedly hired to be, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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