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What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, Lovefilm, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.
new to stream
Safety Not Guaranteed: charming but slight and less than fully satisfying dramedy about how time travel means never having to let go of regrets [at Netflix]
in the zeitgeist (and mentioned only for your information)
Starbuck: creepy and nonsensical, though it’s supposed to be charming and funny; basis for the upcoming Vince Vaugh flick Delivery Man [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
Freaky Friday: the 1976 original starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster; so much fun, and so very slyly feminist, too [at Lovefilm] The Kings of Summer: mashes a heightened sense of the absurd rather awkwardly up against arty pastoral, and the mock-seriousness of the endeavor comes across as unpleasantly snide [my review] [at Lovefilm] Race to Witch Mountain: mildly diverting kids’s sci-fi adventure that, at least and at most, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
ETs everywhere, phone home now and spread the word that Race to Witch Mountain is perfect fantasy for all the family! Dwayne Johnson (The Rock of old) and Carla Gugino take the leads in this zesty remake of the 1975 Disney classic, Escape to Witch Mountain. Johnson is a Las Vegas cabbie who unwittingly picks up two kids who turn out to be extra-terrestrials on a mission to Earth, and now looking to get home. »
Exclusive: NBC has put in development One Kick, a drama based on the upcoming book series by Chelsea Cain, the best-selling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series of thriller novels. Feature writer Matt Lopez will write the adaptation and will executive produce with former Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton, who was with the hit Showtime drama for its entire eight-season run. One Kick tells the story of Kick Lannigan, who made national news as a child after being abducted, and later rescued, in an Elizabeth Smart-type kidnapping. Determined to never fall victim again, Kick has trained herself in martial arts and firearms. She finds her calling when a mysterious billionaire offers her the resources and high-tech tools she needs to hunt down predators and rescue other abductees. In features, Lopez, repped by Wme and Lichter, Grossman, is a go-to screenwriter for family fare, including Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The continuing saga of the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation is probably more interesting than the film itself will be. First there was the endless speculation on who would play S&M stalker…I mean, romantic lead Christian Grey. Then there was the universal horror at Charlie Hunnam dropping out of the role, only to be replaced by Jamie Dornan (who?). Now, with the cast seemingly in place and a start date looming, we learn that a new screenwriter has been brought in to perform some tweaks on the script.
The Fifty Shades script has already gone through two writers: Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) and Patrick Marber (Closer). Now The Wolverine scribe Mark Bomback is taking a crack at it, presumably to fix any problems that Marcel and Marber might have missed. Bomback is an odd choice to do script fixes on what’s ostensibly a romantic drama. His screen credits, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It might not receive as much attention as its casting decisions but Fifty Shades Of Grey has a new script writer in the form of Mark Bomback. He’s previously scripted The Wolverine, Live Free Or Die Hard and Race To Witch Mountain- not exactly in the same league as James’ racy novels.
Fifty Shades Of Grey is the movie adaptation of E L James’ yummy mummy novel of the same name, and this not so breaking news has come shortly after the re-casting of the main part of Christian Grey, as the formerly attached Charlie Hunnam has been replaced by relatively unknown actor Jamie Dornan.
Let’s hope there aren’t any more casting upsets for the project, we would hate for it to be delayed…
The post Mark Bomback To Script ’50 Shades Of Grey’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Ellen Daniels
Two weeks after Universal Pictures hired screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer) to polish the Fifty Shades of Grey script, the studio has brought on Mark Bomback to put the finishing touches on this anticipated adaptation.
Kelly Marcel wrote the original draft, based on the popular E.L. James novel, which follows the torrid affair between young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Jennifer Ehle also stars as Anastasia's mother, with Luke Grimes signing on last week to play Christian's brother Elliot.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing. We reported last month that production will start this November in Vancouver, although shooting was recently pushed into either mid-November or early December. Universal is still planning on releasing the drama on August 1, 2014, despite the brief production delay.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson already has had one successful reality TV project with 'The Hero' on TNT and now will be given an opportunity to expand his reach into the market with a new show titled 'Wake Up Call'. The WWE wrestler has a nice resume on the big screen with starring roles in “Race to Witch Mountain,” “The Tooth Fairy,” “Planet 51,” “Get Smart” and “The Game Plan” but returns to TV again for this project. In June 2013, the TNT show "The Hero" debuted where Johnson was there to help motivate and mentor competitors each week as they are faced with challenges pushing them to their limits. The show was a success and now Variety reports that TNT has ordered eight hourlong episodes of “Wake Up Call” ( a follow up to "The Hero") and will debut the series next year (2014). The report reveals: "Wake Up Call" will feature Johnson »
With Maleficent set for release next summer, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with another live-action rendition of a classic villain, Cruella, based on Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.
Aline Brosh McKenna has signed on to write the screenplay, although no story details were given. The writer also provided the script for Disney's live-action Cinderella, which is currently in production. Andrew Gunn (Sky High, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain) is producing.
Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which was adapted into the 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians, where Betty Lou Gerson voiced the iconic character.
This won't be the first live-action adapation of the character either, with Glenn Close playing the villain, who steals the adorable puppies to make a coat out of dalmatian fur, in Disney's 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians, as well as the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
It isn't known if Disney is »
Over three years ago, we learned that Race to Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman was going to take on a horror comedy called Boy Scouts vs. Zombies. Though the concept, which is obvious from the title, sounded great, having Fickman directing with a script from College Road Trip writers Carrie Evans & Emi Mochizuki sounded like a disaster. But now Deadline reports Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director Christopher Landon will now direct the film, and he'll be making a pass on the script himself, following a new rewrite from Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous) and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder). The script made the Black List awhile back, so maybe it's better than Evans & Mochizuki's previous work. And with rewrites from the aforementioned scribes, it's likely only gotten better. As for Landon's skill on the page, he wrote Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4, and while the third one had some great elements, »
- Ethan Anderton
When it comes to nice guy beefcakes, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are leading the charge in Hollywood.
But aside from Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise, in which the pair appeared together in the last two installments, comparing their box office muscle shows some unexpected similarities and differences, leading to an interesting showdown.
This weekend, Diesel proved again his power outside the “Fast” franchise, helping another series installment, “Riddick,” defy the early fall doldrums. With an $18.7 million opening, “Riddick” failed to beat its predecessor’s $24 million opening in 2004, but the three-quel outperformed the original film, 2000′s “Pitch Black,” which grossed $11.6 million during opening weekend.
After that, the box office results for both guys are far more varied. Here’s how they stack up:
For starters, »
- Andrew Stewart
Update: Shake It Up star Bella Thorne "will play the gooey girlfriend of Alexander's very cool older brother." How big her role will be is not quite known at the moment, but we will find out October 10, 2014. - Cole McNamara
July 9, 2013 - Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) and Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) will play Alexander's siblings in Disney's Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander will be played by Australian Ed Oxenbould.
April 25, 2013 - Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) will play Alexander's momin Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Steve Carell will play the dad. No word yet on which kid gets the plum role of Alexander, a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and the day just goes downhill from there.
March 14, 2013 - Miguel Arteta is in talks to become the Third director for Alexander and the Horrible, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Wme has signed "The Sorceror's Apprentice" screenwriter Matt Lopez, who was previously repped by ICM Partners. Lopez is one of Hollywood's go-to screenwriters for family entertainment, having written the Adam Sandler movie "Bedtime Stories" and Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain," which starred Dwayne Johnson. He was most recently hired to write "Clifford the Big Red Dog" for Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me"). Several years ago, the Florida State alum pitched a feature adaptation of the classic Atari video game "Asteroids" and found himself in a four-studio bidding war that was won »
- Jeff Sneider
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.” The 2013 invitees are: Actors Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno” Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface” Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City” Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved” Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises” Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid” Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town” Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator” Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl” Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil, »
- Josh Abraham
A New York Ada and a tribute from District 2 are becoming Vikings.
Roache will play Ecbert, King of Wessex, “a man full of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition,” History announced Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ludwig’s Bjorn is the smart, brave warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel).
Related | Vikings Creator Drops Season 2 Hints!
Executive producer Michael Hirst teased Ragnar’s interaction with Ecbert when he spoke with TVLine at the »
- Kimberly Roots
The first three films in the Fast & Furious franchise had almost nothing to do with each other. Cars were driven quickly, usually by radically different groups of people. In a weird twist, the next three Fast movies suddenly became rigidly focused on continuity, uniting the disparate Fast casts into a big old-fashioned Super Adventure Squad. At the same time, the franchise also added in Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock), who brought his own action-star flavor to the series. Well, the conclusion of Fast & Furious 6 — Spoiler Alert, natch — features the franchise’s neatest continuity trick yet, while also introducing »
- Darren Franich
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