15 items from 2016
The Covert Media-Broken Road Productions pact is an important step in bolstering Covert’s standing in the marketplace and ties the company to a proven content provider. It is expected to generate two to four theatrically driven films a year, spanning various genres and budgets.
Covert Media will handle worldwide sales and is working with Garner and his colleagues Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein to package the first projects in time for Toronto. The parties expect to unveil the first titles in the coming weeks.
Garner called the partnership “a match made in heaven” while Hanson (pictured) hailed Garner’s “perfect eye for distinctive, commercial and quality films spanning a wide range of genres.”
Covert Media attended Cannes earlier this month and reported a strong »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Broken Road’s films have included the two “Paul Blart” movies for Sony, Tom Cruise’s “Knight and Day” and New Line’s disaster thriller “Into the Storm” during its 11-year history. The company had a long-term first-look deal with Sony that expired recently.
Covert was founded in August by financing veteran Paul Hanson, who is CEO. It announced earlier this month that it was financing “Ophelia” as a new take on “Hamlet” with “Star Wars: Force Awakens” standout Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in final negotiations to star.
The alliance is expecting to collaborate on two to four films per year. The companies said the deal will cover a wide range of genres and budgets, reflecting the expertise of the Broken Road team, which includes Garner, Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein. »
- Dave McNary
Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions have signed an overall deal to write, produce and star in a new Untitled Adam Sandler Animated Movie for Stx Entertainment, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group. As part of the 12-15 motion pictures the studio will release each year, Stx is focused on creating multi-platform family franchises across film, television and digital. The company is currently developing a major animated motion picture based on the beloved Uglydoll toy brand.
The deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison will add another major animated project to Stx's growing portfolio of family targeted IP. Adam Sandler's last two animated blockbusters, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, have generated more than $825 million worldwide. Fogelson, who worked closely with Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment on blockbusters including Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Lorax and more, had »
No word yet of a director to take the reins, though the outlet does reveal Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews are currently attached to produce. That search for a director will no doubt intensify now that Wilson has boarded the embryonic project, which is shaping up to be a meta rom-com centering on the actress’ cynical lead.
Erin Cardillo was the brains behind the original script, telling the tale of a hopeless singleton who “doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up one day to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy.” Dana Fox and Katie Silberman are the pair working on a revised version of the screenplay. Beyond that, there’s not much »
- Michael Briers
Erin Cardillo wrote the original script about a cynical young woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up one day to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy. The rewrite is by Dana Fox and Katie Silberman.
Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “Grimsby” and the upcoming “Absolutely Fabulous Movie.”
Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies. Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series including “The Gates,” “Missing” and “Rush.” Matthews also was a producer on the feature films “13 Going on 30” and “What Women Want. »
- Dave McNary
Are you an animal-loving actor? Then you know that even in movies starring the likes of Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, or Jim Carrey, a talented dolphin, horse, dog, or monkey can run away with the show. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite animal actors in everything from “Mr. Poppers Penguins” to “The Lord of the Rings.” Now who’s a good boy? Crystal the MonkeyThere’s no monkeying around when this little lady hits the set—she’s a professional! Named in 2012 as one of television’s highest paid actors, audiences know Crystal from feature comedies like the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as television series “Community” and “Animal Practice.” Cosmo the DogThis talented Jack Russell terrier made such an impact on set that “Beginners” star Ewan McGregor wrapped shooting and adopted a dog of his own. Cosmo has also had »
• only 22% of 2015’s movies had female protagonists
• best and worst representations of women on film in 2015 (and the average Watw score for the year)
• critics are slightly more likely to rate a film highly if it represents women well
• mainstream moviegoers are not turned off by films with female protagonists
• movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as movies that don’t, and are less risky as business propositions
The Where Are the Women? project was designed to drill deep down into the films of 2015 in order to determine how well — or how poorly — they represented women. The project has now come to its end, and you can examine the final ranking here. The ranking includes 270 films released in the Us, Canada, and the UK, in both limited and wide release (including every wide-release North American film and most of the UK wide-release films). The »
- MaryAnn Johanson
James will portray Joey Williams, a father of four who played for the Lambuth University football team in 2003 alongside his 21-year-old son. He had been recruited out of high school to play football at Tennessee Tech but injured his left knee during his senior season.
“Heaven Is for Real” screenwriter Christopher Parker will write the script. DeVon Franklin, whose producing credits include “Miracles From Heaven” and “Heaven Is for Real,” is producing with Todd Garner, Lisa Kors and James.
“Heaven Is for Real” has topped $23 million for Sony in its first eight days of release. Carl Rogers is overseeing “44” for Alcon.
Kors purchased the life rights for Williams’ story after she heard a National Public Radio story about him.
Alcon saw major success from “The Blind Side,” based »
- Dave McNary
Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.
Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with »
- Michelle McCue
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the winners for this year's Razzie Awards with the "Fantastic Four" reboot and the film adaptation of E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" taking the top honor of 'Worst Picture' ahead of "Jupiter Ascending," "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Pixels".
"Fifty Shades of Grey" was a major player in various categories with honors including worst actor (Jamie Dornan), worst actress (Dakota Johnson), worst screen combo (Dornan & Johnson) and worst screenplay. "Fantastic Four" took much of the rest including worst remake/rip-off/sequel and worst director for Josh Trank.
Eddie Redmayne's "Jupiter Ascending" performance won worst supporting actor, while Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's work in both "Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip" and "The Wedding Ringer" scored worst supporting actress. The recently included and public voted on 'Razzie Redeemer Award', which acknowledges past Razzie winners who have gone on to better things, went to »
- Garth Franklin
With the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28th, Jimmy Kimmel Live! hit the streets to grill strangers' fake movie knowledge in a hilarious "Oscars Edition" of "Lie Witness News." The premise is simple: stick a camera and microphone in front of people's faces, ask them about absurd, non-existent film moments from the past year and watch them feign knowledge in an attempt to gain cool points.
With production coming to an end this month, Netflix has officially announced the supporting cast for its upcoming spy comedy True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which is headlined by Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop).
The film, which is being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kiss-Ass 2), will see James joined in the cast by Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), Maurice Compte (Narcos), Kelen Coleman (The McCarthy’s), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Leonard Earl Howze (Memphis Beat), Yul Vazquez (The Lottery), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy).
True Memoirs of an International Assassin follows an author who gets caught up in an international assassination plot after his fictional novel is published as a true story. It is set to arrive on Netflix later this year.
- Gary Collinson
Looks like Kevin James is going to be leading a Netflix original film, and despite the above featured image, it is a not a Paul Blart: Mall Cop movie. The streaming service has announced today that the actor/comedian will be heading the film entitled True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
The film's synopsis is as follows:
"A mild-mannered would-be author gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot."
While I feel no particular way or another about this film, I'm very interested to see the online interest. Given James' »
- Joseph Medina
Dubious police procedures, by-the-numbers buddy-cop-comedy shenanigans, and characters who hate one another, none of which is as fun as it sounds. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): cannot abide Kevin Hart
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So Kevin Hart is basically the black Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Except he’s supposed to be an actual member of the Atlanta police department here, which is appalling. Ride Along 2 may not be working under the same disgusting premise as the first film — that Ice Cube’s cop is entitled to vet the man his sister is going to marry — but the idea that a clumsy doofus like Hart’s (Get Hard) Ben Barber would be entrusted with the public safety, not to mention a semiautomatic weapon, is a close second. This time, Detective James Payton (Ice Cube: 22 Jump Street) takes along Ben, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Saturday Update: Ride Along 2's Friday estimates came in at $12 million, $2.4 million short of the original. Similarly, the film fell short of its predecessor's "A" CinemaScore, pulling in a "B+" from opening day audiences. Depending on your source, estimates for the four-day weekend range from $35-40 million, putting it anywhere from $8-13 million short of the original's impressive 2014 performance and possibly push the comedy sequel to second place for the weekend behind our next film. With an estimated $9.3 million, The Revenant took second on Friday, but could score a #1 finish for the weekend as it targets a $37-38 million over the four-day. Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi took in an estimated $5.9 million on Friday. The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which should keep it on track for a $20-21 million four-day. The weekend's final newcomer is Lionsgate's Norm of the North, »
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15 items from 2016
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