8 items from 2015
The Ghostbusters all-female backlash has been on full throttle ever since Sony announced the reboot's director and cast earlier this year. Fans simply hate this idea. But that isn't stopping it from charging forth, possibly breaking down barriers as shooting continues to hum along. In this day and age, it's kind of shocking to see some of the vitriol lobbed at the remake, which has Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon replacing the men who used to wear the uniform. The ugly truth is, there is no possible way director Paul Feig can make a movie that's worse than 1989's Ghostbusters 2, which killed off the franchise for 27 years.
Whether you accept it or not, nothing can stop this latest incarnation of the popular series from hitting theater screens next summer, save for the zombie apocalypse or some other supernatural occurrence that has the ability to decimate the human race. »
Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.
The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.
Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan. »
- Justin Kroll
It's safe to say that, 17 years ago, The Daily Show was a fledgling show. "Daily satiric news anchor" was not a job. And Jon Stewart was just a stand-up comic and occasional actor, not yet the comedy nerd/political junkie's lord and savior.
Which isn't to say that Stewart and the team behind Comedy Central's late-night staple invented their own genre of topical tomfoolery. Shows like That Was the Week That Was experimented with the satirical news format as early as the Sixties. Everything from Bob & Ray to HBO's »
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Karen McCullah, best known for co-writing with partner Kirsten Smith 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, Ella Enchanted, The Ugly Truth and The House Bunny. She also wrote and produced the dramedy Crazy Kind of Love. They have been working on ExpendaBelles, the femme-centric spinoff of The Expendables, as well as a remake of Sister Act at Disney. She did production rewrite work on The Civilian with Jackie Chan attached… »
Fans of '90s classic "Sister Act" have reason to rejoice: A remake of the heavenly comedy is in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing a new version of the 1992 flick, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who's forced into the witness protection program after her mob boss boyfriend puts a hit on her. She's sent to lay low at a convent in San Francisco, but becomes a local sensation when she joins the choir and updates their repertoire.
THR writes that screenwriting duo Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Legally Blonde," "The Ugly Truth") are working on a script, though it's unclear at this point if it will be an exact remake, an updated take on the source material, or a sequel. "Sister Act 2" followed the flick in 1993, starring a pre-fame Lauryn Hill, and the franchise spawned »
- Katie Roberts
Another day, another remake. This time I simply cannot get excited for this, just no way. THR is reporting that Disney is preparing a new version of Sister Act, but of course. Why not mine their entire collection of past live-action films that made a boatload of money and... remake them! All of them! The only good news is that they're hiring writers Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, of the films 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Crazy Kind of Love, plus Expendabelles coming up. Disney is putting Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur on-board to develop it. Other than that, they're not sure if Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original, will even be back or not. Touchstone Pictures' 1992 film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg was actually a completely original idea pitched by screenwriter Paul Rudnick. His original script »
- Alex Billington
Discussions about the inequalities that exist between men and women in Hollywood have received a lot of ink and airtime recently, and deservedly so. This morning at the Vulture Festival's Screenwriters Roundtable in New York, Karen McCullah — the writer behind Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Ugly Truth, among others — weighed in on the subject. As she explained to Vulture film critic Bilge Ebiri, she doesn't feel as though she's encountered any sort of meaningful discrimination, even if producers do stare at her actresses' chests on occasion. You can read the exchange below.During a discussion about pitching projects to studios: McCullah: With House Bunny, we brought Anna [Faris] with us. We had written scenes for her to do in character, and then we were playing the other characters. It was like a traveling theater group that we had. This one producer/director that we were »
- Trupti Rami
Most film genres at the 2014 domestic box office saw big declines, so before you stop writing that comedy or drama screenplay, know that this trend is largely a result of the annual B.O. of $10.35 billion taking a 5.2% hit as reported per Rentrak Theatrical. That said, there were some interesting spikes in a swampy year, particularly in the action realm as well as sci-fi, Ya novel adaptations and comic book titles.
Just because a genre drops at the B.O., though, it is not necessarily cause for alarm. One talent agency B.O. bean-counter says, “We typically look at one specific film as a representative of what’s working in the market place for a genre, such as 2013’s The Conjuring (137.4M) or this year’s Annabelle ($84.3M) as elevated horror films.”
While some have observed that there was a problem with sword-and-sandal films at the B.O. this year »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
8 items from 2015
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