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David Frankel is not exactly known for his genre work unless that genre is romantic comedies and dramas. The director of The Devil Wears Prada, Marley And Me, and the birdwatching comedy The Big Year will stretch his filmmaking skills by helming a scifi...romance. Frankel will direct Departure for production company Good Universe from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' Billy Ray. The original screenplay is inspired by a true story from the book Ghosts Of The Air which follows supernatural »
- Alex Maidy
Steve Martin is in negotiations with Disney to star in a family comedy called Magic Camp that he co-wrote with Stu Zicherman, the writer and director of A.C.O.D. I am a huge fan of Martin, and I enjoy his writing style. The original script was written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, who also wrote Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
According to THR, the story tells of "a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition."
This is the perfect project for Martin, as one of his early jobs was working at Merlin's Magic Shop at Disneyland. He was also a magician in his early days as a comedian. »
- Joey Paur
It’s been a while since Steve Martin has dipped a toe into the waters of family comedy – we’re not counting The Big Year – but while DreamWorks Animation has him set for voice duties in next year’s Home, Disney wants him back in front of the camera for Magic Camp.The Mouse House is developing the comedy based on a draft by Gave Sachs and Jeff Judah, which was recently re-written by Martin and Stu Zicherman.Martin is now close to a deal to star as a straight-laced banker who returns to the magic summer camp he attended as a shy child. This time, he’s a counsellor who decides he’s going to make the current attendees’ lives that much better while keeping one eye on winning the Golden Wand competition. It’s up the actor’s alley, since he had a job working in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a youngster, »
We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way. However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp. Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid. Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition. Hit the jump for more on the project. According to THR, Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the ones who penned the original script and now Martin and Zicherman are giving a new draft a go. There are no producers attached and »
- Perri Nemiroff
In this family comedy, Steve Martin will star as a straight-laced banker who decides to return to the magic camp from his youth, which he attended as a very shy child. This time, he is serving as a counselor, hoping to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping his eye on the top prize, the Golden Wand, which will pit him in his own magic competition for the film's big climax.
Steve Martin wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay alongside Stu Zicherman, the writer-director of the recent R rated comedy A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Diary of a Wimpy Kid writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are responsible for the first draft of the screenplay. Both are staying with the project as producers. »
Where in the world has Steve Martin been lately? The celebrated comic actor’s last big screen role was in the ill-received birding comedy The Big Year way back in 2011, and the only project he’s taken on since has been animated caper Home, in which he lends his voice to an alien. Luckily, it appears that Martin may be making a comeback, with word that he’s in talks to star in Magic Camp for Disney.
The actor was already involved with the family comedy, having penned the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman (currently a writer-producer on FX’s Cold War-era spy drama The Americans). The previous version of the script came from Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the duo behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel. The pair are still on board with Magic Camp as producers, despite Disney feeling »
- Isaac Feldberg
Steve Martin is set to headline a new live-action family comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Martin, who was last on the big screen in 2011's The Big Year, will play the leading role in Magic Camp, originally scripted by Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs and recently rewritten by A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman. »
Steve Martin is looking to familiar ground for an upcoming project; the actor is in talks to star in the Disney feature film Magic Camp. Martin’s first job was actually working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland; so this sounds like a passion project for the man. He also co-wrote the recent draft of the script with writer/director Stu Zicherman (A.C.O.D.). It would be nice to have Martin return the screen; his last effort was 2011's The Big Year; I can’t »
- Graham McMorrow
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:
State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states, »
- Tamika Jones
Birds are fascinating creatures. This is true, but most people take birds for granted, so many of them flying about overhead. Birds are everywhere, and as creepy as that thought may be to some, they are always watching over us, constant spectators of the human experience below. Her on planet Earth, we go though life struggling primarily to answer two questions… who am i and what should I do with this life i have?
It’s no wonder there are some drawn in by a fascination for these feathered friends of ours. Those who watch, track and seek out birds of all species are generally referred to as “birders.” The term’s definition may be argued by some, including those in the film A Birder’S Guide To Everything. Directed and co-written by Rob Meyer, this film is a coming of age story about an awkward 15-year old boy named David Portnoy. »
- Travis Keune
Bird is the Word: Meyer’s Debut a Well Meaning But Slight Observation
Bird watching seems to be something of a recent cinematic inspiration, though has yet to show much potential in the narrative realm thus far, with David Frankel’s 2011 comedic misfire The Big Year now joined by Rob Meyer’s directorial debut, A Birder’s Guide to Everything. Grappling with loss, strained familial relationships, and coming of age essence, various dilemmas congeal into a mostly light-hearted effort that seems to feel genuinely about its cluster of characters, even though, beyond the crux of its protagonists’ snazzy and oft unexplored hobby, Meyer and his cast can never mold the narrative into anything more than a standard affair. A few acute observations aside, it’s a slight film that feels most effective when utilizing the heavy hitters in its supporting cast.
David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 15 year old birding »
- Nicholas Bell
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“The Brink" dark comedy has been given a series order from HBO, reports Variety. Jay Roach directed the pilot, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robins. Kim and Roberto Benabib write with Black playing Alex Coppins, a Foreign Service officer who gets caught in the middle of everything. Robbins plays U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander who has no patience for warmongers. Roberto Benabib is also serving as executive producer alongside Jerry Weintraub and Jay Roach. Black was in the effective "Bernie" comedy drama / crime flick of 2011, as well as "The Big Year" bird watching comedy (which wasn't half bad actually). He's up next in "Sex Tape" from director Jake Kasdan, which opens July 25th, 2014, and also includes Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe. »
Voodoo has always been a creepy subject, and a popular choice for horror films, perhaps most notably with the classic (and first) White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi as an evil voodoo master. Now, the misunderstood religion finds itself in the spotlight once again, with FX’s hit American Horror Story: Coven. But that’s not the only horror property delving into the Haitian religion. Allow me to introduce you to Walter Boholst’s horror film Voodoo Possession, out today, January 14th, on VOD platforms. Despite the over the top name, the film actually has complicated themes (and Danny Trejo), and isn’t a straight riff on the wacky voodoo doll tropes of bad horror movies. I recently got a chance to talk with actor and star Ryan Caltagirone (The Flip Side, The Big Year), who plays the tortured protagonist Aiden Chase in the film.
FM: What were your first experiences with horror, »
- Andy Greene
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